New Zika Virus Strain Circulating in Brazil May Lead to Epidemic, Study Says

Scientists detected genetic sequences of an African strain of the virus in 2019. As it had never before circulated in Brazil, the majority of the population lacks antibodies to fight it.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A new strain of the zika virus is in circulation in Brazil, according to researchers at the Center for the Integration of Data and Knowledge for Health (CIDACS), of Fiocruz Bahia. Through a tool that monitors the genetic sequences of the virus, scientists have for the first time detected an African strain with the potential to trigger a new epidemic in the country.

According to Artur Queiroz, one of the study . . .

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