Infectious Diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases are viral, bacterial and parasitic infections spread by mosquitoes to humans. Learn more about the Zika virus and how scientists are attempting to create a Zika vaccine.

This is how Zika infects the foetus

According to new research, the Zika virus may be able to pass through an infected placenta by binding to certain sugars on the surface of cells. Luckily there there is a way to block it.

Texas announces first 'local' Zika case

The first case of a local Zika virus infection in Texas involves a woman who is not pregnant and has not recently travelled anywhere that Zika is spreading.

The Zika virus makes its way to Africa

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently added four countries to its list of places with local transmission of the Zika virus. Two are in Africa.

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