Zika Could Potentially Pair Up With Other Viruses

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Studies found that the Zika virus could potentially pair up with other viruses such as dengue.

Recent studies discovered that the Zika virus could potentially pair up with other viruses the likes of dengue in causing new, more rare infections.

The two studies to reveal the strange new mutation were released this Monday, one of them during an American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting.

The new studies discovered one amongst the increasing number of surprises the Zika virus seems to have in store as new damages and properties continue to be revealed.

One of the studies was conducted by a team of Colorado State University researchers who sought to determine if a single mosquito bite could carry and pass more than one virus.

Their research revealed that the option is, in fact, available as their laboratory studies saw the infection of mosquitos with two simultaneous viruses.

During research, a number of Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti specimens, both part of the Asian Tiger mosquito group, were infected with the Zika virus. Simultaneously, the specimens were also infected with the chikungunya virus.  

According to Claudia Ruckert, one of the participating members in the study, the mosquitos’ saliva revealed positive simultaneous results to both diseases.

This could come to mean that a mosquito carrying Zika as well as other viruses could potentially infect the person to get stung with both viruses at the same time.

The other study was carried out in Brazil as researchers noted the high number of both dengue and chikungunya cases as well as other viruses.

What made the high number of infestation even more curious was the fact that patients presented the various disease symptoms whilst also carrying Zika or other viruses infections.

One of the members of the Brazilian study and of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Isadora Siqueira, went to explain their study’s concerning results.

It was determined that each of the viruses to have been carried simultaneously with Zika could lead to a varied range of neurological complications, from the mild to the severe.

As the three most common affections Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are members of the same virus family, they are difficult to tell apart. Recent testing methods have improved the diagnosis method.

The new tests should help researchers determine if the infection with more than one of them at a time or even successively may lead to a worsening of the patient’s state.

Preliminary studies seem to indicate this variant as the Brazilian doctors numbered a total number of 21 neurological illness cases.

Most of the patients suffered from Guillain-Barre, which paralyzes the sufferer and then clears up. Other suffered from much more rare syndromes including the so-called dancing eyes-dancing feet.

As it usually affects 1 in every million people, doctors registered two simultaneous cases, both during the Zika outbreak.

Siqueira went to explain that the study has yet to determine if the co-existence of the multiple viruses could lead to an increased neurological problems risk.

Further analysis will be needed so as to determine the possible consequences of this troubling, new Zika feature.

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