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Scientists Saw Zika Danger Years Ago


Back in 2009, University of Texas researcher Scott Weaver published a paper about the dangers of the now-feared virus Zika. He and several other medical researchers work in a lab specifically dedicated to detecting and preparing to defend against dangerous viruses just like the mosquito borne disease that has terrified the Americas. They have over 7,000 different dangerous viruses in their lab, and 11 of those viruses are different types of Zika strains. But until recently, no one paid any attention to Zika or its potential birth defects in infants. Back in 2007, Scott Weaver began detecting Zika's move from its typical low-levels of infection in Africa to a dramatic increase in cases as it moved east through the Pacific Islands. And while conducting research in Brazil in 2015, Weaver found dangerous levels of Zika in local mosquitos. Now the White House wants $1.8billion to fund Zika research.

Added on the 10/02/2016 09:59:41 - Copyright : Wochit

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