Zika virus was a very common disease back in the day which was spread through a few types of mosquitos. This virus was first found and came from Uganda and created an outbreak back then. The Zika virus causes many different symptoms to develop including dengue, yellow fever, and other complications. The negative part of this virus is the fact that there is no treatment for it. It can only be prevented through vaccinations but not treated.
A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the QUT and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute was able to detect a new burst of the zika virus through the spread of Dengue Mosquito in the Queensland area. Due to the widespread of the mosquito, researchers focused on understanding the negative effect behind it. They were able to distinguish that the dengue mosquito was the primary cause of spread of Zika virus back in the day.
The study was led by Dr. Francesca Frentiu, from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. He published his results in the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Journal. To reach their findings, his team had to study the previously published article in the same journal by the name of “Vector competence of Australian Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus for an epidemic strain of Zika virus”.
Dr. Frentiu commented on her results saying, “Our high biosecurity insectary is unique in the southern hemisphere for its size, capacity, and expertise, allowing us to work safely with dangerous pathogens like Zika.”