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CDC Pathology Investigator Dies Unexpectedly at 65
Sherif Zaki worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more than 30 years, and was renowned for uncovering crucial intel on various outbreak-causing scourges, from Ebola and Zika to SARS and influenza.
CDC Pathology Investigator Dies Unexpectedly at 65
CDC Pathology Investigator Dies Unexpectedly at 65

Sherif Zaki worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more than 30 years, and was renowned for uncovering crucial intel on various outbreak-causing scourges, from Ebola and Zika to SARS and influenza.

Sherif Zaki worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more than 30 years, and was renowned for uncovering crucial intel on various outbreak-causing scourges, from Ebola and Zika to SARS and influenza.

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Wolbachia-Infected Mosquitoes Stymie Dengue’s Spread: Study
Shawna Williams | Jun 10, 2021
Randomized, controlled research conducted in an Indonesian city confirms the reduction in cases seen with previous observational work.
Transmission electron microscope image of Zika virus particles
T Cell–Boosting Zika Vaccine Protects Mice from the Virus
Ruth Williams | May 12, 2021
By avoiding the production of antibodies, something vaccines ordinarily induce, the immunization sidesteps the problem of antibody-dependent enhancement, which can amplify infection by a similar virus and is known to occur with dengue and Zika.
Mosquitos in Asia and the Americas More Susceptible to Zika Virus
Abby Olena | Nov 19, 2020
A study explains how Zika was present among mosquitoes in Africa for decades without causing the harm to human health seen outside the continent in recent years.
Zika Infection Increases Risk of Severe Dengue Fever
Ruth Williams | Aug 27, 2020
A study of Nicaraguan children links prior Zika virus infection with aggravated dengue fever symptoms.
Did Contaminated Water Exacerbate Brazilian Babies’ Zika Symptoms?
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2020
Elevated levels of a neurotoxin in northeastern Brazil’s drinking water and a high incidence of microcephaly in the region led scientists to look for a link, and they found one.
Zika as Cancer Buster?
Amy Schleunes | Apr 1, 2020
By infecting glioblastoma cells but not healthy brain tissue, some form of the virus could serve a therapeutic purpose.
Past Dengue Infection Appears to Protect Children from Zika Symptoms
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 23, 2019
Children were 38 percent less likely to show signs of Zika infection if they had previously had dengue.
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Zika Likes it Warmer than Dengue: Study
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 15, 2018
Climate change may open up new habitats suitable for the virus’s spread.
Mouse Pups Infected With Zika Show Symptoms Into Adulthood
Ashley Yeager | Jun 6, 2018
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.
Diseases From Ticks and Mosquitoes Have Tripled
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2018
Warmer weather is thought to be behind the rise in vector-borne illnesses in recent years.
Postnatal Zika Infection Causes Brain Damage in Infant Macaques
Jim Daley | Apr 4, 2018
The findings highlight the need for long-term monitoring of children exposed to the virus, say scientists. 
Antibiotics Increase Mouse Susceptibility to Dengue, West Nile, and Zika
Shawna Williams | Mar 27, 2018
The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.
Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses
Ruth Williams | Jan 31, 2018
Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too. 
Parts of U.S. Saw an Increase in Zika-Linked Birth Defects in 2016
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 26, 2018
The rise occurred in areas with confirmed local transmission, according to a new CDC report. 
Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses
Catherine Offord | Jan 5, 2018
Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.
Immune System Targets Diverse Viruses Using the Same Small Peptide
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2017
A single receptor on natural killer cells recognizes an amino acid sequence conserved across Zika, dengue, and related pathogens.
New and Improved Organoids Better Resemble Human Brains
Aggie Mika | Nov 16, 2017
More-sophisticated structures lend new insight into how Zika attacks the developing brain.
Wolbachia-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 7, 2017
The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
Abby Olena | Oct 13, 2017
The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.