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Aurora researchers doing their part in the fight against Zika


​AURORA | Inside a secure lab at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, behind several security doors — including one that requires an eye scan to open — sits a few vials of the Zika virus in a freezer set at -80 degrees.
 
While the virus that recently made its way to south Florida is unlikely to spread to Colorado — the most-common mosquitoes that carry it don’t live here — researchers at the university’s division of infectious diseases have been studying Zika since last year.
 
David Beckham, an associate professor of medicine in the school’s Division of Infectious Diseases, has been studying mosquito-borne illness, in particular the West Nile virus, for more than a decade. So, when Zika popped up last year, he reached out to colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and said he would like to tackle this one, too.