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The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.

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Warmer weather is thought to be behind the rise in vector-borne illnesses in recent years.

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The findings highlight the need for long-term monitoring of children exposed to the virus, say scientists. 

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The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.

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image: Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

By Ruth Williams | January 31, 2018

Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too. 

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The rise occurred in areas with confirmed local transmission, according to a new CDC report. 

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image: Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

By Catherine Offord | January 5, 2018

Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.

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A single receptor on natural killer cells recognizes an amino acid sequence conserved across Zika, dengue, and related pathogens.

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More-sophisticated structures lend new insight into how Zika attacks the developing brain.

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The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.

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