Molecule warns skin of Zika invasion

Skin is the first line of defense when a mosquito infected with Zika virus bites. New research with mice clarifies what happens.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems skin viruses zika

Why did Zika start causing microcephaly in Brazil?

More than 1,600 babies were born in Brazil with microcephaly from September 2015 through April 2016 due to Zika virus. Why is the Paraíba strain so harmful?

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine birth-defects brains brazil viruses zika

Zika vaccine shields fetus in pregnant monkeys

The first test of a Zika vaccine given before conception could support development of another vaccine in early trials in humans.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 19, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine fetus pregnancy vaccines viruses zika

1 protein controls West Nile and Zika replication

The discovery of a critical protein could unlock new therapies to treat or even prevent West Nile and Zika viruses, researchers say.

Anna Varela - Georgia State • futurity
Nov. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine brains encephalitis immune-systems viruses west-nile-virus zika

Amino acid trio blocks Zika’s ability to replicate

A formulation of three amino acids hampers the ability of the Zika virus to replicate in human and non-human cells, researchers say.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
Aug. 16, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine amino-acids mosquitoes viruses zika

Tropical disease to ride mosquitoes really far north

Places where tropical diseases are now unknown—Canada and parts of Northern Europe, for instance—are due to become prime real estate for mosquitoes.

Steve Orlando-Florida • futurity
March 29, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine climate-change insects mosquitoes public-health viruses yellow-fever zika

Do nonhuman primates have Zika? Poo can say

"These animals could be reservoirs and humans could then become infected with the virus from the animals."

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
March 26, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine feces primates viruses zika

Dengue antibodies may make Zika worse for offspring

"...previous immunity of the mother to dengue could be a risk factor for severe outcomes in infants" resulting from Zika exposure.

Federico Graciano-NUS • futurity
March 4, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine brains dengue-fever viruses zika

Stuffed mosquitoes are less likely to take a bite

A new discovery could make mosquitoes feel more full—and safer to be around.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Feb. 11, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: health-and-medicine blood dengue-fever mosquitoes zika

Dengue immunity may cut Zika infection risk

New research in Brazil suggests that people with immunity to the dengue virus may have reduced risk of Zika.

Rachel Wayne-Florida • futurity
Feb. 11, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: health-and-medicine dengue-fever mosquitoes viruses zika

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