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Attack of the killer mosquitoes! Part 1: Zika virus

Photo credit: John Tann
Photo credit: John Tann

Somewhat unbelievably given the preponderance of violence today, humans are not responsible for the most human deaths worldwide.  This distinction instead belongs to that annoying buzzy insect, the mosquito.  Mosquitoes are like an Uber for infectious pathogens hitching a ride to and from nice cozy destinations such as humans.  There are numerous viruses, bacteria, and even fly larvae (I dare you to watch this video) taking mosquito Ubers, but the one I want to talk about today is called Zika.

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