Zika News
June 17, 2019

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Zika Virus May Pose Greater Threat of Miscarriages Than Previously Thought

Research from several institutions suggests that more women could be losing their pregnancies to the Zika virus without knowing they are ... read more

Repurposed Drug Found to Be Effective Against Zika Virus

In both cell cultures and mouse models, a drug used to treat Hepatitis C effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus -- and blocked transmission of the virus to mouse ... read more

Antibody Protects Against Zika and Dengue, Mouse Study Shows

The same countries hard hit by Zika virus -- which can cause brain damage in babies infected before birth -- are also home to dengue virus. Researchers now report that they have found an antibody ... read more

Zika Virus Kills Brain Cancer Stem Cells

While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses, it one day may be an effective treatment for glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. New research shows that the ... read more
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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 ... read more

Mother's Dengue Immunity Worsens Baby's Response to Zika

New research uncovers previously unknown mechanism behind why some, but not all, Zika virus infections during pregnancy lead to fetal brain ... read more

Dengue Virus Infection May Cause Severe Outcomes Following Zika Virus Infection During Pregnancy

Prior Dengue virus infection may cause severe outcomes following Zika virus infection during pregnancy, a new study shows. The research points to a possible mechanism for the enhancement of Zika ... read more

Prior Dengue Infection Protects Against Zika

The higher a person's immunity to dengue virus, the lower their risk of Zika infection, an international team of scientists report today. The study -- which followed nearly 1,500 people living ... read more

Zika Vaccines Should Induce Responses by CD4+ T Cells

Immune cells called CD4+ T cells could be important mediators of protection against the Zika virus, according to a new study. The findings support vaccine strategies that induce a protective CD4+ T ... read more

Dengue Immunity May Be Protective Against Symptomatic Zika

Children with a history of prior dengue virus infection had a significantly lower risk of being symptomatic when infected by Zika virus, according to a new study in Nicaragua of more than 3,000 ... read more

Cellular Protein a Target for Zika Control

A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to researchers who suggest this protein could be a key target in ... read more

Where Will the World's Next Zika, West Nile or Dengue Virus Come From?

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

Virologists Discover Safer Potential Zika Vaccine

In mouse trials, a vaccine based on recombinant adenovirus protected against Zika without evidence of antibodies. Reports have shown Zika antibodies can worsen Dengue virus ... read more

Game Over for Zika? KU Leuven Researchers Develop Promising Vaccine

Scientists have developed a new vaccine against the Zika virus. This vaccine should prevent the virus from causing microcephaly and other serious conditions in unborn ... read more

A Versatile Vaccine That Can Protect Mice from Emerging Tick-Borne Viruses

Researchers have developed a vaccine that is effective in mice against Powassan virus, an emerging tick-borne virus that can cause life-threatening encephalitis in humans. They also show that the ... read more

Novel Mechanisms of Dengue and Zika Virus Infections and Link to Microcephaly

New insights into how dengue and Zika viruses cause disease reveal strategies the viruses use to successfully infect their host and a link to ... read more

Drug Targets for Ebola, Dengue, and Zika Viruses Found in Lab Study

No drugs are currently available to treat Ebola, Dengue, or Zika viruses, which infect millions of people every year and result in severe illness, birth defects, and even death. Scientists may ... read more

Six Antibodies Produced to Combat Zika Virus

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

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

Mothers Infected by Dengue May Have Babies With Higher Risk of Severe Zika, and Vice Versa

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

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

Peptide Successfully Exploits Achilles' Heel of Zika Virus

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

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

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

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