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How Mosquito Spit Might Affect Zika Risk


The inoculation of viruses into mosquito bite sites is an important and common stage of virus infections. Inflammation helps the virus replicate and spread. on Pingen et al./Immunity 2016 / Immunity

CLICK HERE - STUDY - Immunity - Host Inflammatory Response to Mosquito Bites Enhances the Severity of Arbovirus Infection

CLICK HERE - STUDY - PLOS Pathogens - Mosquito Saliva Increases Endothelial Permeability in the Skin, Immune Cell Migration, and Dengue Pathogenesis during Antibody-Dependent Enhancement - by Maggie Fox - June 21, 2016

Mosquito saliva might be even more important for spreading infection than anyone thought.

Two studies published in the past week show that mosquito saliva lures immune cells to the site of a bite, and tricks them into spreading any viruses, such as Zika virus, throughout the body.

Tests in mice show that mosquito spit is such an important factor that it could sometimes turn a normally benign viral infection deadly.


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