Zika Not Transmitted by Culex Species Mosquitoes

06:44 EDT 23 Sep 2016 | Genetic Engineering News

Being one of the most widespread mosquito genera in the United States and globally, Culex is a constant concern for public health because several species serve as vectors for important diseases of humans and animals, such as West Nile virus, filariasis, and avian malaria. However, a new research study led by investigators at the Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute has provided some encouraging results, finding that Culex mosquitoes are seemingly unable to transmit the Zika virus (ZIKV).

The results of this study were published recently in Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, a Mary Ann Liebert publication, in an article entitled “Culex Species Mosquitoes and Zika Virus” and involved researchers from Rutgers University, the University of Florida, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"It's very important to know that Culex mosquitoes are not able to transmit Zika," explained senior study investigato

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