Living With Zika Effects

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Much of the study and worry about Zika is over its potential to cause birth defects including microcephaly. Zika is known to invade the testes and be sexually transmitted in sperm for 80 days. Scientists* have been studying its effects in mice models and have disturbing news. Zika can infect and destroy cells of mice testes. This can result in a drop in hormone production and lead to shrinkage of testes. Ultimately, Zika can lead to sterility in mice. The next question to answer: Do the effects in mice also occur in humans?

*Jennifer Govero, Prabagaran Esakky, Suzanne M. Scheaffer, Estefania Fernandez, Andrea Drury, Derek J. Platt, Matthew J. Gorman, Justin M. Richner, Elizabeth A. Caine, Vanessa Salazar, Kelle H. Moley & Michael S. Diamond. Zika virus infection damages the testes in mice.
doi:10.1038/nature20556

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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