US CDC calls for enhanced surveillance of Zika-related epilepsy

Posted April 21, 2017

That's not the species - known as Aedes aegypti - most often associated with Zika.

"Detecting Zika RNA fragments without finding live Zika virus suggests that either the female parent was not itself infected with live Zika virus or it was not able to transfer live Zika virus to her eggs", said Smartt. So, Smartt set her sights on tracking down Zika-infected mosquitoes in Camacari, Brazil, near the Atlantic coast.

The list of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus has been upgraded to include an additional species, namely the Aedes albopictus.

Citing recent studies that found seizures and epilepsy reported in some infants exposed to Zika while in the womb, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that cases of epilepsy caused by the virus may be misdiagnosed or under reported. Further commenting via a new release from the Entomological Society of America, the author said that Aedes albopictus may be involved in transmission of Zika virus and is a concern for public health. The three doctors studied the Zika virus at the CDC and co-wrote an essay on Zika's connection with epilepsy. "If you're pregnant, they have free assessments and testing for every pregnant woman, for you to find out if you have Zika", Scott said. "We need to determine if live Zika virus can also be transmitted in Aedes albopictus". But new findings from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences may throw a wrench into what we thought we knew about the disease.

Aedes albopictus is found across the world with a large number of hosts and has adapted to cold climates.

It quoted a former USA official who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying it was clear months ago that "dozens and dozens" of babies there bore the hallmarks of Zika damage, but health officials declined to label majority as such.

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