Zika Virus Directly Infects Brain And Immune System, Study Shows

Posted: Jun 6 2016, 10:31am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Zika Virus Directly Infects Brain and Immune System, Study Shows
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  • Zika Virus has a Deleterious Effect on the Brain and Immune System

As everybody knows the Zika Virus has a deleterious effect on the brain cells and detecting agency of the immune system.

The Zika Virus can be caught via a mosquito’s bite or through sex. Among the various symptoms are a burning fever, skin rash, pain in the joints and bloodshot eyes.

Yet besides these nasty symptoms, Zika can also cause microcephaly which leads to retarded brain development in newborn babies. Among the neurochemical changes are eyesight issues, hearing problems and stunted growth.

Now, it has been confirmed that Zika infects the brain cells and also leads to a compromised immune system. This is a double whammy of sorts and it of course also happens to be bad news. The study on the issue was published online in Cell Reports.

The strain of Zika that has the Americas in its grip infects 20% of the cells of the human body. It also invades the immune system and multiplies in the human body for weeks on end.

This rapidly invasive nature of Zika is something worth studying on an in-depth basis by scientists. The medical establishment will be looking towards new therapies to target the Zika Virus.

There still exist many questions which remain unanswered regarding the Zika Virus. The deleterious effects of the virus are mainly due to its infection of the brain cells and invasion of the immune system.

Were these two systems saved from the clutches of the Zika Virus, maybe some hope may emerge for a future cure. The brain cells that are the progenitors of neurons are caught well before thay have had a chance at normal development. This means that the Zika Virus hijacks both the brain cells as well as the immune system in a clever way before anything could be done about it.

The researchers are looking into the matter with every tool-of-the-trade that they have in their repertoire. The Zika Virus has spread like a phantom shadow all over North and South America.

It is a fine instance of how new times lead to new diseases. Whereas some of the more traditional diseases have been conquered, the diseases of civilization are hard to cure since they are caused by the very conditions mankind has enacted all around the globe.

According to the CDC, when females catch the Zika Virus while pregnant, they produce children who face microcephaly. This is the most serious of the side effects of the Zika Virus and so a cure has to be found in the nick of time before any more damage has been done.

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