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Monday, February 08, 2016

Md. researcher continues grandfather's work on Zika virus

FREDERICK (AP) — As the Zika virus rages through South and Central America, probably causing women to give birth to babies with abnormally small heads, few people understand that the virus has its origins in Africa. And even fewer realize that the man who originally discovered the virus 70 years ago, Alexander John Haddow, has a Frederick and a Fort Detrick connection.

Sadly, relatively little research has been done since the Zika virus was discovered in 1947 by Haddow, says his grandson, Andrew D. Haddow, a researcher who followed his ancestor’s footpath and now works in the virology division at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick.

Haddow said he is hoping his grandfather’s pioneering work from back then will inspire lifesaving research today.

“One of the problems with this virus right now is that we honestly don’t know a lot,” Andrew Haddow said on Feb. 2.



Anonymous said...

Well, how can you expect us to learn anything about this virus in just 70 years? Jeeze, that's only 2 generations! What did you expect???

Anonymous said...

The government knew that HIV was transmitted by blood but didn't tell the general public for years. you think they would hide something from us now??? We cant have the masses panic on us.

Anonymous said...

The Zika virus originated in Africa, and often results in microcephalic offspring. Makes sense.