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Researcher attacking Zika virus by stirring up mosquitoes’ taste buds

Jun. 28, 2016, 10:50 AM

Summer is here and the U.S. is bracing for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus.

A Vanderbilt researcher is working on one way to stop the spread of the disease – by revving up the mosquito’s taste buds.

The Zika virus can attack unborn babies causing severe birth defects. The World Health Organization reports Zika is already in more than 60 countries and territories. Almost a thousand travel-associated cases are documented so far in the U.S.

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