Scientists Acknowledge That Many Aspects Of Zika Are Not Well Known | Tucson Mosquito Control
Since the outbreak of Zika over a year ago, scientists are still trying to answer some key questions. It is now commonly known that the Zika virus causes birth defects, as the virus is able to penetrate the womb. However, top Zika researchers are at odds over the question of how often Zika infects the fetus of pregnant women. For example, one medical journal reported that forty two percent of pregnant women infected with Zika will give birth to babies with birth defects, whereas another journal reported the rate of birth defects as being only six percent.
This month two different high profile medical journals reported contradictory data about the frequency of fetal Zika infections. Some experts believe that the plethora of medical studies, which will be released during the next few months, will bring about even more confusion regarding the biological workings of the Zika virus. According to an epidemiologist working for the Pasteur Institute in Paris, all of the medical researchers experimenting with the Zika virus are using different methodologies, which result in different answers to many of the same questions about Zika. This disparity in results is likely a natural consequence of several studies being released at the same time for the first time. After a few more years of research, experts will have developed more absolute and sophisticated ideas regarding the nature of the Zika virus.
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