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February 22, 2019

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February 22, 2019

Jan. 4, 2019 — Scientists have identified wildlife species that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. They created a global flavivirus hotspot map from their ... read more

Six Antibodies Produced to Combat Zika Virus

Nov. 29, 2018 — Researchers have generated six Zika virus antibodies that could be used to test for and possibly treat a mosquito-borne disease that has infected more than 1.5 million people ... read more

Sequential Imaging of Zika-Exposed Fetuses Reveals Most Have Normal Brain Development

Nov. 26, 2018 — Ultrasound (US) imaging performed during pregnancy and after childbirth revealed most Zika-related brain abnormalities experienced by infants exposed to the Zika virus during pregnancy. Some ... read more

Nov. 14, 2018 — Two new studies provide evidence that previous Dengue infection in pregnant mothers may lead to increased severity of Zika in babies, and that previous Zika infection in mice mothers may increase ... read more

Zika Circulates Among Wild Animals in the Americas, Making Eradication Nearly Impossible

Nov. 1, 2018 — Researchers report that wild monkeys in the Americas are transmitting the Zika virus to humans via mosquitoes, making complete eradication of the virus in the Americas very ... read more

Discovery of Zika Virus in Monkeys Suggests Disease May Also Have Wild Cycle

Oct. 30, 2018 — Zika virus has been detected in dead monkeys found in several areas in Brazil. The monkeys had been killed by locals who thought the animals had yellow fever. In fact, the monkeys were not bearers of ... read more

Peptide Successfully Exploits Achilles' Heel of Zika Virus

Oct. 24, 2018 — Scientists have engineered an antiviral peptide that exploits the Zika virus at its Achilles' heel -- the viral membrane -- hence stopping the virus from causing severe infections. This new ... read more

Universal Vaccine Platform That's Cheaper and Shelf Stable

Oct. 5, 2018 — Researchers have developed less expensive way to produce vaccines that cuts the costs of vaccine production and storage by up to 80 percent without decreasing safety or ... read more

Zika Vaccine Shows Promise for Treating Deadly Brain Cancer

Sep. 18, 2018 — Researchers have successfully deployed a Zika virus vaccine to target and kill human glioblastoma brain cancer stem cells, which had been transplanted into mice. In a new study, the team shows that a ... read more

CRISPR Screen Identifies Gene That Helps Cells Resist West Nile, Zika Viruses

Sep. 17, 2018 — Researchers now report the first use of CRISPR genome-wide screening to identify a gene that helps cells resist flavivirus ... read more

How the Immune System Protects Against Zika-Induced Neurological Symptoms

Sep. 13, 2018 — A type of immune cell that produces a protein called CD4 plays an important role in protecting mice infected with the Zika virus against severe neurological disease, according to a new ... read more

Sep. 10, 2018 — Macrophages are immune cells that are supposed to protect the body from infection by viruses and bacteria. Yet Zika virus preferentially infects these cells. Researchers have now unraveled how the ... read more

Zika Virus Study Reveals Possible Causes of Brain Pathology

Sep. 4, 2018 — In healthy individuals, the Zika virus causes flu-like symptoms. If a pregnant woman becomes infected, the unborn child can suffer from severe brain abnormalities as a result of mechanisms that have ... read more

Scientists Sweep Cellular Neighborhoods Where Zika Hides out

Aug. 28, 2018 — Researchers report a comprehensive analysis of interactions between Zika virus proteins and native human proteins. One of their findings gives insight into how Zika escapes immune signaling and where ... read more

Novel Vaccine Approach Proves Powerful Against Zika Virus

Aug. 6, 2018 — A uniquely designed experimental vaccine against Zika virus has proven powerful in mice, new research has ... read more

Maternal Dengue Immunity Protects Against Fetal Damage in Mice Following Zika Infection

Aug. 2, 2018 — A mother's prior dengue immunity protects her unborn baby from devastating brain effects associated with Zika virus infection, a new study suggests. These findings could guide development of ... read more

New Compounds to Treat RSV, Zika Virus

July 11, 2018 — A new and promising class of chemical compounds has major potential for treating Zika virus and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, according to a new ... read more

Suppressing Negative Emotions During Health Scare May Whip Up Spiral of Fear

July 10, 2018 — Trying to suppress worries during a health scare, like the recent Zika outbreak, may lead to an ever-intensifying cycle of emotional suppression and fear, according to a team of ... read more

Rapid Zika Detection Test Uses Smartphone Technology

June 28, 2018 — Leveraging nanoparticles and digital health technology, investigators develop rapid, deployable, low-cost diagnostic test for Zika ... read more

June 26, 2018 — The highest-resolution image yet of the Zika virus, or any enveloped virus thus far. The scientists used the latest electron microscopy techniques to see the atomic details of the Zika virus ... read more

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