Zika Virus Lab Report
Introduction: Zika Virus, also referred to as ZIKV, has become a global health epidemic. The World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern earlier this year due to the increase of areas affected by Zika. Originating in the Zika forest of Uganda, ZIKV was predominantly found in areas of Africa and Asia. However, there have recently been reports of more than 36 countries with cases of the virus. (Chen, 1), (CDC)
ZIKV is a single stranded RNA virus that was originally found in a rhesus monkey. Transmission of the virus can happen through two types of modes. The first mode of transmission is through a bite from an infected Aedes mosquito. These mosquitos are considered to be carriers …show more content…
These samples were mixed with primers and probes and the resulted data were used to create calibration curves with different known concentrations. The serum samples detected two viruses; the Dengue fever and Chikungunya. The results from the test were negative, which indicates that there was no cross reactivity between the two viruses and the Zika virus. Four out of the six patient’s serum samples tested positive for the virus and two tested positive from the urine samples. However, urine sample showed more viral RNA concentration than the serum. (Gourinat, …show more content…
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