Biosecurity Research Institute continues coronavirus research


The Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State continues to research the coronavirus.

Dr. Stephen Higgs, BRI Director, tells KMAN that they have been working hard to contribute to the research of the virus. Dr. Higgs says recently they performed an experiment which shows mosquitos cannot be infected or spread the virus. Higgs says this was an important discovery and talks about its publishing worldwide.

“The last time I heard it was in 450, we’re probably heading for 500, different newspapers and news outlets, radios like KMAN. And I think 80 different countries was the last count,” he says.

Dr. Higgs mentions another study taking place at the BRI.

“There has been a number of studies here at the BRI on cats. And cats can be infected, they do not develop sort of symptoms, you know, they don’t get sick, but they do shed the virus. So that’s very important knowledge for us,” says Dr. Higgs.

Dr. Higgs says that although a lot of questions have been answered in regards to the virus, there are still several questions that remain unanswered. He talks about a few factors that must be considered when creating a vaccine.

“Safety and efficacy, safety and effectiveness of it producing no underwater facts, or underwater facts in a very small number of people and being effective at protecting the people from infection is a critical thing and you can’t rush those sorts of things,” he says.

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