(Zika News)

Why hasn’t the Zika virus (ZIKV) disease caused as much devastation in Africa, its continent of origin, as it has in the Americas?

Outside of Africa, this flavivirus is transmitted by a ubiquitous mosquito subspecies, Aedes aegypti aegypti, which emerged from the African forerunner subspecies A. aegypti formosus and acquired a preference for human blood and a peridomestic lifestyle, said researchers in a study published by Science on November 20, 2020.

Aubry et al. tested 14 laboratory mosquito colonies for their relative susceptibility to ZIKV. Quantitative trait locus mapping…

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