Blog about Zika virus


Latest information and updates about Zika virus, personal experiences and related news.

Pregnant During the Zika Outbreak

My pregnancy began in March 2016, just a month after the World Health Organization declared Zika an international public health emergency. Although I work in health care as a nurse, I have felt uncertain about the course of this epidemic.

The use of ultrasound in detecting problems associated with congenital syndrome Zika

Congenital syndrome virus Zika is a pattern of birth defects observed in fetuses and infants infected with the virus during pregnancy Zika.

The Role of Men in Zika Prevention

Zika prevention efforts have primarily focused on infected mosquitos as the primary mode of transmission. Given the potential negative pregnancy outcomes of Zika, including congenital syndrome and microcephaly, pregnant women and women of reproductive age have been the focus of mosquito bite prevention efforts and messages.

3 years, 6 months ago

Penn researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind vaccine to fight the Zika virus that demonstrates both safety and effectiveness. Participants in a clinical trial who received three doses of the GLS-5700 vaccine developed Zika-specific antibodies with minimal negative effects. These results open the door to future clinical trials and possible government approval for the vaccine. The study, which was published earlier this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, was a joint project of the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wistar Institute, Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science, Inc.

3 years, 11 months ago

Health officials detected the mosquitoes Wednesday in North Las Vegas. They can spread viruses such as Zika, dengue (DEN'-gee), chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN'-yuh) and others by biting an infected person who still has the virus in their blood, and then surviving long enough to bite another person after the virus has had time to multiply in their system.

3 years, 11 months ago

A study published today in Science shows that the Zika virus hijacks a human protein called Musashi-1 (MSI1) to allow it to replicate in, and kill, neural stem cells. Almost all MSI1 protein in the developing embryo is produced in the neural stem cells that will eventually develop into the baby's brain, which could explain why these cells are so vulnerable to Zika.

4 years, 1 month ago

The successful results of the first tests of the vaccine can be tested this year in humans. A zika vaccine developed by researchers in Brazil and the United States was effective in tests with laboratory mice and could be tested this year in humans, Brazilian authorities said. The successful results of the first tests of the vaccine developed jointly by researchers from the University of Texas, the National Institute of Health of the United States and the Brazilian state center for health studies Institute Evandro Chagas, were highlighted Monday in a published article In the journal Nature Medicine.

4 years, 1 month ago

Three babies were born with malformations associated with infection with the Zika virus, and three others appear as probable cases. The most common malformation is microcephaly, but other associated complications may also occur as part of congenital zika syndrome (SZC) or congenital syndrome associated with zika. Health authorities had predicted the increase in this type of cases. Only last year, it was possible to confirm with laboratory tests the infection with this virus of 150 pregnant women. Of these, between 25% and 30% has already given birth.