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The Contagion® Zika virus specialty page provides clinical news and articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos on the Zika virus.

ZIKA NEWS - Page 1

ECDC Confirms Locally-Acquired Zika Cases in France
Zika virus was previously only found in regions of Asia, the Pacific Islands, South America, and Africa. ECDC has now confirmed 3 locally acquired cases in southern Europe.
 
HIV Drug Rilpivirine Stops Viral Replication of Zika Virus
By repurposing the HIV treatment rilpivirine, investigators have opened up possibilities for treating Zika virus and other flavivirus infections which overlap with HIV.
An Estimated 5700 Zika Cases Went Unreported in 2017 Cuban Outbreak
Although Cuba reported no cases of Zika virus in 2017 and 2018, investigators used travel data and genomic epidemiology to uncover a large, “hidden” Zika outbreak.
Adverse Outcomes From Zika May Hinge on Mother's Antibodies
Although antibodies normally shield us from infection, a new study suggests that certain maternal antibodies may actually make it easier for Zika virus to gain a foothold and cause birth defects.
Zika-Exposed Babies Can Experience Delayed Neurodevelopment in Second Year of Life
Of the 216 infants studied, 31.5% had delayed neurodevelopment and/or eye abnormalities and/or hearing deficits when evaluated as late as 32 months of age.
FDA Grants Marketing Authorization of Diagnostic Test for Zika Antibodies
ZIKV Detect 2.0 IgM Capture ELISA is the first diagnostic test authorized to detect Zika virus immunoglobulin antibodies in human blood and was previously available under Emergency Use Authorization.
Occupational Zika Risks for Lab and Biomedical Researchers
Deep-dives into Zika virus exposures shed light on how we can protect lab workers.
Tackling Zika Transmission at the Source With Genetically Engineered Resistant Mosquitoes
As several Zika virus vaccine candidates undergo clinical trials, a group of investigators is taking an alternate approach to quell transmission by genetically engineering mosquitoes to be resistant to the virus.
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