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Dengue Infection Impairs Immune Defense Against Zika
Catherine Offord | Aug 18, 2017
A memory B cell response to Zika virus in dengue-infected patients produced antibodies that were poorly neutralizing in vitro and instead enhanced infection.
Pregnant Women Absent from Zika Vaccine Trials
Aggie Mika | Aug 14, 2017
Some vaccine developers are taking steps to include them, in line with bioethicists' urging, but it will likely take years before any expectant mothers are enrolled.
Zika Vaccines Protect Mouse Fetuses
Aggie Mika | Jul 13, 2017
The first-of-its-kind study follows on the heels of ethicists’ urging vaccine developers to conduct clinical trials in pregnant women.
Zika Grabs Neural Stem Cell Protein to Cause Damage
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2017
The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.
Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics
Jef Akst | May 25, 2017
DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.
Zika's Economic Burden
Jef Akst | May 11, 2017
A new analysis estimates that the viral disease could cost between $183 million and more than $10 billion in the U.S. alone.
Keeping the Blood Supply Zika-Free
Diana Kwon | Apr 7, 2017
Blood donation centers across the U.S. are required to screen samples for signs of the mosquito-borne virus. Some have questioned whether it’s always necessary.
CDC Recommends Brain Imaging for Zika-Affected Babies
Tracy Vence | Apr 6, 2017
Infants born to mothers who were infected with the virus during pregnancy—including babies who do not show signs of microcephaly—may experience other birth defects.
DNA-Based Zika Vaccine Reaches Phase 2
Tracy Vence | Apr 4, 2017
An NIAID-sponsored clinical trial advances beyond safety testing.
Anti-Flavivirus Antibodies Enhance Zika Infection in Mice
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 30, 2017
Researchers report evidence of antibody-dependent enhancement in a Zika-infected, immunocompromised mouse model.