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Zika Could be One Mutation Away from Becoming More Infectious and Harmful

The mosquito-borne Zika virus is a single mutation away from becoming more infectious and harmful, scientists say.

There is no vaccine for Zika but symptoms often don’t develop or are mild such as a fever, rash and conjunctivitis. However, it can cause birth defects such as microcephaly, where a child is born with a small head and often a smaller brain. Rarely, it can affect the nervous system through Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Scientists in California mimicked how it could mutate in humans by switching the virus back and forth between mosquito and mouse cells.

Read the full story at Sky News

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