National Microbiology Laboratory at the centre of developing a new vaccine for Zika virus

February 2, 2016
Author: CBC News

To date, four Canadians have returned from travels testing positive for the Zika virus and the pressure is on to develop a vaccine in case the mosquito-borne virus develops into a global emergency, says Dr. Gary Kobinger, chief of special pathogens with the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

It's still not clear how much of a risk Zika virus poses to humans, according to public health experts. The virus has been around for decades and until recently wasn't considered serious. Only a minority of those infected experienced symptoms and most are mild, a skin rash and fever. People generally recover from Zika virus within a week.

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