Zika Virus Map: History, Research Progress In Timeline


Zika virus map has been covered by media around the globe. Researchers have experimented, researched and developed ways to prevent Zika symptoms and virus from spreading.

Zika virus map takes us back to 1947 where a monkey in Zika Forest, Uganda suffered from high fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit. During the time, scientists were studying yellow fever virus. However, after taking blood sample, they found an unknown object and decided to name it after the forest, WHO reported.

Decades after, Zika virus map only has limited attention and study until researchers found that it could infect humans. However, Zika virus symptoms were detected only by mild pain condition without any significant issue. The big Zika outbreak came in 2007 in Australia and French Polynesia in 2013. Zika virus is now a threat as it causes neurological diseases in humans.  

70 years later

Zika virus remains alarmingly. However, researchers are conducting studies that would likely build defense against Zika virus symptoms. UC San Diego scientists have also been working on HIV cures and vaccines as they are studying immunology. Thus, the attention is now to Zika virus map and the treatment.

May 6

Researchers at UC San Diego presented a paper on Zika virus threats that damage brain cells. Published in Cell Stem Cell journal, the report explains the use of 3D stem cell type of human brain to discover how Zika could activate human molecule used to defend viruses, the TLR3. The research is looking for possible therapeutic approach to prevent Zika virus on causing prenatal infection. Fortunately, researchers have TLR3 inhibitors to prevent it from happening, NBC San Diego reported.

May 11

The first direct experimental proof was done by researchers to understand better about microcephaly caused by Zika virus. The birth defect - babies with small heads, that the media has been covering, is apparently only the 'tip of iceberg' of Zika virus map because there are many more health impacts.

May 19

UC San Diego established OpenZika - a project that would allow researchers to share or conduct experiments from other researchers through Android device or PC. The project is done by team of scientists from various institutions including IBM World Community Grid, and Rutgers New Jersey Med School. This project enables scientists to develop drugs, vaccine or looking for compounds for Zika virus treatment. OpenZika is literally open for public because other scientists who want to support the researches can participate or submit a proposal to receive information, Fox5 reported.

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