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Before spring break Markit University hosts a forum on Zika virus

as informed in Please enable Javascript to watch this videoMILWAUKEE — With Spring Break around the corner, Marquette University hosted a forum on the Zika virus on Thursday, February 23rd.
Some of the main points of the forum included how the virus spreads, the potential risks and precautions students should take.
The event was put together to educate students and the public about Zika, especially with students traveling for Spring Break.
The College of Health and Sciences invited students to attend the forum called “Zika: Myths and Facts.”
One of the organizers said Zika is still a big concern, especially as the weather changes.

Hundreds of DC Zika virus tests to be re-examined after ‘technical issues’

The District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences Public Health Laboratory has tested hundreds of people, mainly pregnant women, for the Zika virus since last year.
Already, samples taken from two pregnant women, who originally tested negative for the virus, have now tested positive for likely Zika infection.
The CDC is treating the patients who tested positive as though they tested positive for the Zika virus out of caution and for monitoring.
In pregnant women, the virus has been found to be associated with fetal development issues and can cause birth defects including microcephaly, which is characterized by an abnormally small head.
Officials at a Washington D.C. public health lab confirmed to ABC News that they are retesting hundreds of samples from people in the area for Zika virus over concerns about the accuracy of the original test results.


DETROIT — Researchers at a Detroit institution were the first to find that the Zika virus can damage eyes and lead to blindness.
The Kresge Eye Institute at the Wayne State University School of Medicine discovered the Zika virus can replicate in the eye’s retinal cells and cause severe tissue damage, according to a news release from the school.
“We studied the interaction of ZIKV (the Zika virus) with retinal cells.
Ashok Kumar, Ph.D., led a team of researchers who investigated how and why the virus causes abnormalities in the eye.
We observed that ZIKV can replicate and survive in retinal cells and ultimately kill them.

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