Rapid Zika Detection: A Game Changer in Disease Surveillance | AIChE

Rapid Zika Detection: A Game Changer in Disease Surveillance


Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites. Although most people experience only mild flu-like symptoms, if a pregnant woman contracts the virus, the infection can pass to the unborn child and cause severe birth defects. No vaccine or drug exists to prevent or treat Zika virus infection. Therefore, the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is carefully monitoring mosquito populations, and acting fast to exterminate the local mosquito population if Zika is detected.

images images

Thanks to a process refined by researchers from the Univ. of Queensland, mosquitos can now be evaluated for Zika infection using a beam of light from a near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer. Dr. Sikulu-Lord, who led the research, demonstrates the...

Would you like to access the complete CEP News Update?

No problem. You just have to complete the following steps.

You have completed 0 of 2 steps.

  1. Log in

    You must be logged in to view this content. Log in now.

  2. AIChE Membership

    You must be an AIChE member to view this article. Join now.

Copyright Permissions 

Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine? It’s easy to request permission to reuse content. Simply click here to connect instantly to licensing services, where you can choose from a list of options regarding how you would like to reuse the desired content and complete the transaction.