How Long Can Zika Virus Live In a Woman’s Labia?
Every so often, a new disease that has been lying dormant for long periods of time somehow comes to life and takes the world by storm. This seems to be what has happened with the now infamous Zika virus, and
it’s sudden arrival on the world scene has caused a mad scramble to suppress it. Unfortunately, it is not only transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, but also through reproductive contact. Because of this startling fact, many people have begun to wonder just how long the Zika virus can survive in the reproductive organs of humans, and specifically women since they are the ones that carry developing fetuses.
Since this potentially very damaging pathogen has gained prominence, it has been blamed for the rash of babies being born with microcephaly, or unusually small heads and brains. This alarming situation has prompted a desperate race to study this virus, and to find ways to control if not eradicate it.
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This effort has been led by the world’s top research institution, among which Yale University ranks highly. A recent study at Yale sought to answer the question of whether-and how long -the Zika bug can survive in human female reproductive organs. The research effort was led by Dr. Akiko Iwasaki, who is a scientist and professor of immunobiology at Yale University’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
In order to try to get at the truth, two batches of female mice were infected with Zika through the reproductive canal. One group of mice was composed of healthy, wild variety mice. The other group had immune systems that had been compromised when researchers blocked their ability to make type 1 interferon, which is a protein that helps animals to regulate their immune systems.
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