UT researchers working to create diagnostic tool to assess viruses like Zika

The Daily Texan, 01/26/2016.

Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control confirmed the first Texas case of the Zika virus, a tropical disease that can cause birth defects if women are infected while pregnant. UT researchers are creating an easy and affordable diagnostic tool that will potentially help track the spread of viruses such as Zika virus.

Photo credit: Albert Lee, Daily Texan staff

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus closely related to dengue fever. Although Zika causes symptoms such as rashes, fever and headaches, the most ominous threat Zika poses is not in the initial illness. Zika can cause microcephaly, a condition marked by abnormal smallness of the head and incomplete brain development.

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