Last year Zika was active in 50 countries. In some people, there are no symptoms, in some, there is fever, pain, rash. The most harm from this fairly newly discovered disease is the effects it has on the children born to women that contract the Zika virus. Children born to mothers with Zika have been born with brain deformations such as microcephaly and other issues in development. How is it possible that something so terrible could cause healing of any kind?
Using Zika Virus to Treat Brain Cancer
Oswaldo K. Okamoto, a researcher at the University of Sao Paulo Brazil, and a group of other researchers are working on the Zika virus’s potential to treat brain cancer.
Okamoto says that harnessing a virus’s potential to treat illnesses is a globally widespread goal. This group’s work is showing success in exciting ways.
When mice carrying human cancer cells are infected with the Zika virus, the virus attacks the cancerous cells leaving the healthy cells unaffected.
In many types of childhood brain cancer, the typical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation are often not effective. This idea that Zika and its focus on the cancer cells on the brain stem could do what those treatments can’t is exciting. For Zika to be equally as positive, or more so, as it is negative is pretty amazing.
This research has a long way to go to be a practicing cure, but it’s a great start. At Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas, we love the idea of repurposing the bad for good. However, as much as we hope they can use the Zika virus to do great things against cancer, we still want to keep you from getting any of the illnesses that mosquito bites can cause. How do we do that? We keep the mosquitoes from biting you by keeping them out of your yard. Our barrier spray kills 85-90% of mosquitoes on contact and continues to work for up to 3 weeks. Call us today and let us keep the viruses in the research lab.