Cyprus Mail
Cyprus Health

CING says can help detect Zika virus

The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING)

THE Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) announced on Friday that it can provide the molecular method indicated for the detection of the Zika virus.

According to the U.S. Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the corresponding European Centre (eCDC), the molecular method is the official detection method of the virus, the CING said.

The Institute added that the Zika virus, which belongs to the Flavivirus genus of viruses, has the RNA genome and is mainly transmitted through mosquitoes.

“It is the virus that recently caused global concern, as it has been associated with neonatal microcephaly if the pregnant mother is infected. It can also cause encephalitis although in most cases it gives clinical cold symptoms,” the CING said.

It added that “detection with antibodies (IgG and IgM), can only be advisory and not definite, because of the large number of cross-reactions between other antibodies related to the Zika virus (Flavivirus)”.

For information as regards the Zika virus and its detection, call the CING’s department of Molecular Virology on 22392743, 22392647 or visit http://www.cing.ac.cy/

 

 

 



Related posts

Erdogan floats regional conference in tense east Med

Reuters News Service

Coronavirus: 15 new cases reported on Tuesday including those at Nea Salamina (updated)

Evie Andreou

Labour minister seeks to extend worker support schemes until March

George Psyllides

20 youngsters identified in boisterous Paralimni school celebration

George Psyllides

Turkey accuses Greek president of using ‘discourse of war’ during Cyprus visit

George Psyllides

Phedonos rebuffs Akel accusations that he’s illegally evicting refugees

Bejay Browne

5 comments

Comments are closed.