RESEARCH ON ZIKA VIRUS PRESENCE IN CENTRAL KENYA
Organization(s):St. Scholastica Catholic School
Student(s):Gloria Ndanu Anita Chelimo Ian Wachira James Mutara Racheal Kwamboka Sylvia Wambui Evelyne Nyambura Clara Naanyu Nicole Wairimu
Grade Level:Lower Primary (grades K-2, ages 5-8)
GLOBE Teacher(s):Eric Nzioka Maweu
Contributors:AMOS VUNDI KAUI
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
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Zika virus is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae. It is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as Aedes aegypeti and Aedes albopictus. Its name comes from the Ziika Forest of Uganda, where the virus was first identified in 1947. Zika virus is related to the dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses. Since the 1950s, it has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia.
Kenya is found in East Africa. It borders Uganda in the Western part. In Uganda is where zika virus was first discovered. The presence of zika virus in Uganda is prove that there is zika virus in East Africa and it might be present in Kenya since Kenya and Uganda are neighbours.
Our research will be conducted in Kirinyaga county, in central Kenya which lies within the equator which crosses to Uganda and the rest of the equatorial region in the whole world.
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