Zika Virus Spreads More At Higher Temperatures

Posted: Feb 4 2016, 9:16am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Zika Virus Spreads More at Higher Temperatures
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  • Soaring Temperatures make the Transmission of Zika Virus an even more likely Occurrence

The soaring temperatures in some regions make the transmission of the dreaded Zika Virus an even more likely occurrence.

The mosquitoes that spread the Zika Virus are rather like heat sensitive missiles. The hotter the temperature, the more the illness is transmitted via the vector.

The matter is not confined to the conditions of biology. It is far more complex than that. The Zika Virus is still in its early stages and we will know of its consequences only with the passage of time.

Among other factors in the spread of the disease may be included: climate, economics, tourism, air conditioning and the eradication of mosquitoes.  

Even the weather phenomenon that is El Nino enters the equation. No one thing is the causative factor in the spread of the Zika Virus. It is a complex picture that emerges from an analysis of the situation.

As global warming becomes a very real and immediate reality, the mosquito responsible for spreading Zika Virus is prospering, according to CBSNews.

Whole groups of these mosquitoes start swarming the regions where they bite unsuspecting humans. The chances of infection thus skyrocket and we have trouble on our hands.  

Not only does the virus multiply faster in profusely hot conditions but the mosquitoes begin transmitting the illness early on in their life cycles. The regions where Zika Virus flourishes are hot areas such as Brazil.

They have droughts and sultry conditions. Scientists have not had the time to study the Zika Virus thoroughly. The mosquito responsible for spreading the Zika Virus also causes Dengue Fever and the ailment bearing the strange name of Chikungunya.

Currently, the Zika Virus has given rise to a global emergency situation. Zika has even made inroads into the United States. Especially the South has seen the illness catch on among its inhabitants.    

The world has not seen the last of the Zika Virus. It will continue to spread havoc via microcephaly and the other aches and pains that it generates.

Like the rest of mosquito-borne illnesses, the Zika Virus has climate as a major distributor. Scientists will have to analyze this malady and come up with ways of managing it. And the work will have to be done in record time if we don’t want a pandemic on our hands.  

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