Finally reports are coming from various research labs that the chikungunya virus is fast becoming deadly and cases where patients are dying with other complications such as multiple organ failure and heart attacks. The following places recently reported positive for Chikungunya.
While in the good news section to a cure/treatment for chikungunia, Scientists have now found a way to learn how the chikungunya disease spreads in the human body by using a genetic variation of mice. A special variety of mice was created to reduce their inherent capability to fight the virus.
According to the scientists,
“It is hoped that further studies with the mice will explain how the virus spreads from the muscle and skin tissue to the central nervous system in the more severe cases of the disease, and how the virus penetrates the placenta barrier when it is spread from mother to child. The team hope that the work may also help to explain how viruses are transmitted across tissue barriers for other diseases too.”
Hopefully the vaccine/treatment for chikungunya is not far off.