Triple Play

The primary mosquito vector of the Zika virus may also transmit chikungunya and dengue in a single bite, says a new Colorado State University study.
 
To observe transmission patterns, researchers infected mosquitos with multiple viruses. While transmission of all 3 was rare, dual infections were more common than scientists expected. Researchers are unsure how being “coinfected” by multiple viruses at the same time affects the severity and complications of infections in humans.
 
Now, the Colorado State University team is studying how coinfection affects virus evolution and whether yellow fever could “coinfect” with the other 3 diseases.
 
Source: Colorado State University

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