Zika Virus Treatment News and Information

What is Zika Virus?

Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease can have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days. According to the World Health Organization, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

See below for updated news and information regarding Zika Virus including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Zika Virus Treatment News and Research

New Zika Virus Research: New findings detail structure of immature Zika virus

(SOURCE: PURDUE UNIVERSITY) -  Researchers at Purdue University have determined the high-resolution structure of immature Zika virus, a step toward better understanding how the virus infects host cells and spreads. Zika belongs to a family of viruses called flaviviruses, which includes dengue, West Nile, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitic viruses. Although only the mature forms of flaviviruses are considered ...
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Zika Virus Treatment News: Mount Sinai Studies Inform Path to Zika Treatment

(SOURCE: THE MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL / MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) - Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are working on the basic science that lays the groundwork to finding a way to treat and prevent the Zika virus, a global health risk. In two papers published this fall, one in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, ...
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Zika Virus News: Mutations acquired trans-Pacific may be key to changes in Zika severity

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE) - The Zika virus remains a mystery.  Isolated from macaque monkeys in the Ziika Forest in Uganda in 1947, the virus was shown to infect humans not long after, but it was identified as a benign disease, with mild symptoms. For this reason, it was not heavily studied until almost 70 years later when ...
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Zika Virus News: Protection Against Zika Just as Important During Winter

(SOURCE: LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER) - Just because temperatures are cooling down as winter approaches, it’s no time to let your guard down when it comes to mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus. James Diaz, MD, DrPH, Professor and Program Director of Environmental/Occupational Health Sciences at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, details characteristics of the ...
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Zika Virus Research News: Zika in Fetal Brain Tissue Responds to a Popular Antibiotic

(SOURCE: UC SAN FRANCISCO) By Laura Kurtzman on November 29, 2016. Working in the lab, UC San Francisco researchers have identified fetal brain tissue cells that are targeted by the Zika virus and determined that azithromycin, a common antibiotic regarded as safe for use during pregnancy, can prevent the virus from infecting these cells. Rough estimates indicate that between 1 percent ...
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Zika Virus Research News: First steps to neutralizing Zika

(DUKE-NUS MEDICAL SCHOOL) According to a recent press release, as Zika spreads throughout the world, the call for rapid development of therapeutics to treat Zika rings loud and clear. Taking a step further in identifying a possible therapeutic candidate, a team of researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS), in collaboration with scientists from the University of North Carolina, have discovered ...
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