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Zika Mutates Extremely Quickly, Which Is Why It’s So Scary

A photograph of a mosquito on human skin.

Image: A photograph of a mosquito on human skin. - April 15th 2016 -  Alexandra Sifferlin

One thing that’s especially confounding about Zika is that as soon as something about the virus is understood, it comes under question.

Until recently, experts believed Zika was a relatively benign virus spread by mosquitoes. But now that it’s been linked to more than 1,000 microcephaly cases, scientists have taken a closer look, recently declaring it “scarier than we initially thought,” as one U.S. health official put it this week.


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Supporting documentation for the article above is within the links below . . .

UCLA scientists unravel the genetic evolution of Zika virus

STUDY - From Mosquitos to Humans: Genetic Evolution of Zika Virus

See related study within the link below . . .

Nature - Comparative genomic analysis of pre-epidemic and epidemic Zika virus strains for virological factors potentially associated with the rapidly expanding epidemic

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