Rapid Zika Detection: A Game Changer in Disease Surveillance

July
2018

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.

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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...

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