Despite Extensive Studies On Zika, There Are Still Blind Spots For Scientists
"It is very important to understand how the virus behaves in order to develop treatments," said Dr. Karin Nielsen from UCLA.
The Zika Virus Undermines Immune System
Since the 2015 Zika outbreak, scientists around the world have been focused on learning as much as they can about the devastating, previously obscure virus. They've learned a lot about how it's transmitted, how long it can stay in a host's system and that it can lead to devastating birth defects. But, there are still some major blind spots. "Zika virus has been very well studied for congenital disease, but we still do not know exactly what happens right after [the] mosquito bite," said Dr. Jae Jung, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at USC and lead author of a new study in Nature Microbiology that aims to solve the mystery. (Margolis, 8/25)