The Zika virus is still very much active in the world, although it’s being covered less by media and news websites due to other events going on. This doesn’t mean that Zika is any less dangerous or still not active. According to the World Health Organization, they predict that 3 to 4 million new cases will come about in the next year in the Americas alone. Its active and spreading all over the world, spreading to 50 different territories so far. Due to this threat, scientists all over the world are working on a vaccine. Here are 2 major updates to the fight against the virus:
- Vaccine- A vaccine is being developed and will be tested with the first human trials in the near future. The testing will be done by Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science. These two companies will be doing the trials on 40 people and have hopeful expectations. Animal testing was recently a success, which led to the hope that human testing will be a success also. Should this work, this would be able to render the virus useless and prevent anyone from suffering at the hands of this virus.
- Microsoft- Even Microsoft is helping for the fight against Zika carrying mosquitos. They are building/deploying traps that help to catch mosquitos carrying the virus. These traps release carbon dioxide to attract the mosquitos and the they use a sensor to detect if the mosquito is a Zika carrying type, or if it has the virus itself. Should the mosquito be a threat, the door will trap it in, and if it isn’t, then the mosquito will be free to fly back out. This could allow for further inspection of the dangerous mosquitos and would take them out of the areas where the trap would be deployed.
Since these important advancements aren’t in full swing yet, its important to still be aware and protect yourself from mosquitos. Although I have mentioned tips in the past, here are a couple as a reminder:
- Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts to protect your exposed skin. They can’t bit through clothes, so this is a sure way to keep you from being bitten.
- Wear bug spray- Choose a deet free bug spray that you can put on your arms, legs and neck.
- Be aware of the most active times of mosquitos. Near dusk, or sunset, the mosquitos become more active for an hour, so if your outside then take the necessary safety precautions.
- Avoid swamps and standing water. These areas are breeding grounds for mosquitos and should be avoided if possible.
Following these basic tips will help keep you safe! Clink the links below to read more about these 2 Zika virus updates.