UA Zika Virus Research Aims to Predict Outbreaks

Zika is responsible for severe birth defects in infants. The pervasive pathogen is quickly becoming a major public health threat and is not yet well-enough understood. Public health officials are acting immediately to fill critical gaps in collective knowledge about the virus.

A team of UA researchers was awarded a rapid response grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the incubation and transmission of Zika virus in mosquitoes. The team is studying how environmental temperature and humidity — and their fluctuations — affect the incubation of Zika virus within a mosquito.