30 Aug '16, 12am

Female mosquitoes can transmit #Zika virus to their eggs: Study

CHICAGO (REUTERS) - Adult female mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus to their offspring, US researchers said on Monday (Aug 30), a finding that makes clear the need for pesticide programmes that kill both adult mosquitoes and their eggs. The findings, published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, show that as with many related viruses, including dengue and yellow fever, Zika can be transmitted from female mosquitoes to their offspring. Dr Robert Tesh of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, a study co-author, said the fact that the virus can be passed along to mosquito offspring makes Zika harder to control. "Spraying affects adults, but it does not usually kill the immature forms - the eggs and larvae. Spraying will reduce transmission, but it may not eliminate the virus," he said. Although Zika generally causes mild disease in a...

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