Virology: Current Research

ISSN: 2736-657X

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Was the Zika virus Outbreak in 2015 Triggered by Cosmic Events?


Jiangwen Qu and Chandra Wickramasinghe

The Zika virus outbreak in 2015 posed a serious public health threat, particularly in view of its association with congenital abnormalities. We point out that this outbreak may have been linked to a systematic increase in the flux of cosmic rays and a general decline of sunspot activity that has been observed over the period 2010-2017. Future surveillance efforts should in our view take account of such events.


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