News Outlets Examine Various Aspects Of Zika Virus, From Research To New Questions Regarding Infection’s Lasting Effects

New York Times: In a Remote Ugandan Lab, Encounters With Zika and Mosquitoes Decades Ago
“…With its cool, wet climate, the swampy [Zika forest] area was a giant petri dish for virologists. They decided to make it a field site for a research institute nearby in Entebbe, an outpost of what was then the Buganda Kingdom. … Today, modern labs at the Uganda Virus Research Institute are a hive of science. Its campus is supported by the United States and other Western nations…” (Kron, 4/5).

Reuters: Zika mystery deepens with evidence of nerve cell infections
“Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barré syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections — including encephalitis, meningitis, and myelitis — in people exposed to Zika…” (Steenhuysen, 4/6).

STAT: Is Zika a permanent threat or a fleeting scare?
“…That like dengue and West Nile virus, this mosquito-spread disease is now going to be a regular fixture — and a perennial risk for pregnant women. But will it? There are more questions than answers about what the future holds for the interplay between humans and the Zika virus. Let’s take a look at some important ones…” (Branswell, 4/5).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency to train dozens of experts on nuclear-related techniques to identify Zika
“The United Nations atomic energy agency plans to train dozens of participants this month from mostly Latin America and Caribbean countries on how to use nuclear-derived techniques to detect the Zika virus in as short a time as three hours…” (4/5).

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