Zika News
September 28, 2020

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Mosquito-Borne Viruses Linked to Stroke

A deadly combination of two mosquito-borne viruses may be a trigger for stroke, new research has ...

Breakthrough in Zika Virus Vaccine

Researchers have made significant advances in developing a novel vaccine against Zika virus, which could potentially lead to global elimination of the ...

Insulin Can Increase Mosquitoes' Immunity to West Nile Virus

A discovery has the potential to inhibit the spread of West Nile virus as well as Zika and dengue viruses. The researchers demonstrated that mammalian insulin activated an antiviral immunity pathway ...

Genetic Screen Identifies Genes That Protect Cells from Zika Virus

A new study uses a genetic screen to identify genes that protect cells from Zika viral infection. The research may one day lead to the development of a treatment for Zika and other ...
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Measuring Tape Is a Critical Tool for Following Zika Virus-Exposed Children

A simple measuring tape could be the key to identifying which children could develop neurological and developmental abnormalities from Zika virus exposure during ...

Wikipedia Visits to Disease Outbreak Pages Show Impact of News Media on Public Attention

During the 2016 Zika outbreak, news exposure appears to have had a far bigger impact than local disease risk on the number of times people visited Zika-related Wikipedia pages in the ...

False Negatives: Delayed Zika Effects in Babies Who Appeared Normal at Birth

Colombian infants exposed to Zika virus in the womb showed neurodevelopmental delays as toddlers, despite having 'normal' brain imaging and head circumference at birth, a finding that ...

Zika Virus Can Cause Immune and Brain Abnormalities in Asymptomatic Pig Offspring

Zika virus infection in the womb produces altered immune responses and sex-specific brain abnormalities in apparently healthy pig offspring, according to a new ...

How the Zika Virus Can Spread

The spread of infectious diseases such as Zika depends on many different factors. Researchers were able to generate reliable maps for the transmission risk of the Zika virus in South ...

Critical Protein That Could Unlock West Nile/Zika Virus Treatments Identified

Scientists have identified a protein that is critical in controlling replication of West Nile and Zika viruses -- and could be important for developing therapies to prevent and treat those ...

HIV Drug Stops Zika Infection, Strategy Could Halt Infections Caused by Related Viruses

Researchers report that a drug used in the treatment of HIV also suppresses Zika virus infection. In cell and animal models, they show that rilpivirine stops Zika virus by targeting enzymes that both ...

An Unreported Zika Outbreak in 2017 Detected Through Travel Surveillance and Genetics

By sequencing virus genomes from infected travelers, analyzing travel patterns and mosquito modeling, researchers unearthed a spike in Zika cases from travelers returning from Cuba during the summer ...

Birth Defects Associated With Zika Virus Infection May Depend on Mother's Immune Response

New research may help explain why Zika virus infection causes birth defects in some children but not others. The study suggests that the risk of developing an abnormally small head (microcephaly) ...

Paradoxical Outcomes for Zika-Exposed Tots

Forty-five percent of Zika-exposed infants who had abnormalities at birth had normal test results in the second or third year of life. By contrast, 25% who had normal assessments at birth had below ...

Fear of More Dangerous Second Zika, Dengue Infections Unfounded in Monkeys

An initial infection with dengue virus did not prime monkeys for an especially virulent infection of Zika virus, according to a new study. Nor did a bout with Zika make a follow-on dengue infection ...

Early Dengue Virus Infection Could 'Defuse' Zika Virus

The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America has affected over 60 million people up to now. The infection can have potentially fatal consequences for pregnant women and their unborn children: many ...

Long-Term Consequences of Zika Virus Infection

Mice exposed to the Zika virus during later stages of gestation present behaviors reminiscent of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a study of genetically diverse animals. The ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Diminishes Zika Birth Defects in Mice

In experiments with pregnant mice infected with the Zika virus, researchers report they have successfully used a long-standing immunosuppressive drug to diminish the rate of fetal deaths and birth ...

Dengue Mosquito Is Queensland's Biggest Threat for Spreading Zika Virus

Researchers have found that the dengue fever mosquito common to north and central Queensland poses the greatest danger of spreading the Zika virus in Australia. The researchers showed that not only ...

Molecules With Strong Anti-Zika Virus Potential

Scientists have created a molecule with both strong anti-Zika properties and low toxicity to animal ...

Are There Zika Reservoirs in the Americas?

A researcher travels the Americas, collecting feces from nonhuman primates to determine the risk of Zika ...

New Model IDs Primate Species With Potential to Spread Zika in the Americas

In the Americas, primate species likely to harbor Zika -- and potentially transmit the virus -- are common, abundant, and often live near people. So reports a new ...

Zika Study May 'Supercharge' Vaccine Research

Scientists looking at the genetics of Zika virus have found a way to fast-track research which could lead to new vaccines. The study used a new technique to uncover Zika mutations that help foster ...

Protection from Zika Virus May Lie in a Protein Derived from Mosquitoes

By targeting a protein found in the saliva of mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus, investigators reduced Zika infection in mice. The finding demonstrates how researchers might develop a vaccine ...

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