Zika Virus: Quick Facts

Zika Virus (ZIKV): Mosquito borne single stranded RNA virus related to dengue virus transmitted by Aedes aegypti, and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. The virus gets its name from the region where it was isolated. First isolated in 1947 from the blood of sentinel monkey in Zika forest of Uganda, East Africa.

Mode of infection: Mosquito bites

Common symptoms: Fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes (conjunctivitis)

Prognosis: Illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to one week. Cases needed hospitalization are rare.  Continue reading “Zika Virus: Quick Facts”

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Exploring Human Identity in Infinite Cosmos

I was fortunate enough to do some ground research on Hubble’s telescope few days ago, and accidentally I came across many interesting sources for live space streaming through NASA. The way earth viewing experiment by NASA is capturing visuals of earth’s surface, and captivating views of sunrise, my heart only grows fonder for the entity which established these processes. I may sound philosophical to few who may accuse me of babbling creator’s name, where scientific phenomena deserve credit, but the way things work around us (in space) makes me feel ashamed about our minute existence. Yes, “ashamed” I would say. We on earth, while living in our small constructed homes (small in comparison to size of larger objects such as sun, moon and infinite galaxies), proudly say, we are the most advanced species – humans. However, nature’s surprises such as survival of bacteria in space without any support, the disciplined movement of stellar objects as well as animal and plant systems, I feel are much more advanced than us. Continue reading “Exploring Human Identity in Infinite Cosmos”