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Does Vertical Zika Transmission Occur With All Infected Pregnant Women?

SEP 27, 2016 | CONTAGION EDITORIAL STAFF


Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos, MD, PhD, director of WHO Collaborating Center for Arbovirus and Research, Evandro Chagas Institute, discusses whether or not all Zika-infected pregnant women will infect their fetuses.
 
Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)
 
“I’m not sure that all [pregnant women] infected will transmit the [Zika] virus to [the] baby. I think this will depend not on the range of infection, but on some contribution from the immune system. Perhaps it’s partially driven by a gene– so maybe it is genetically driven.”
 
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