Zika

Mosquito gut may hold key to preventing dengue, Zika

Mosquito gut may hold key to preventing dengue, Zika

The study, published in the journal PLOS Pathogens, describes the first comprehensive analysis of the Aedes aegypti midgut.

Mar 07, 2018, 18:01 PM IST
Zika brain damage may go undetected in pregnancy: Study

Zika brain damage may go undetected in pregnancy: Study

Brain damage was found in regions that generate new brain cells, and those that play a key role in memory and learning and contribute to brain health.

Feb 07, 2018, 18:30 PM IST
Relatives of Zika virus may cause birth defects

Relatives of Zika virus may cause birth defects

Although Zika was first identified more than 70 years ago, its ability to induce birth defects was not recognized until the massive 2015 South American epidemic, which sickened more than 1.5 million people.

Feb 01, 2018, 17:34 PM IST
New zika vaccine promises to protect against infections

New zika vaccine promises to protect against infections

Scientists inserted genes into the plasmid that encode two proteins found on the surface of the Zika virus. 
 

Dec 05, 2017, 17:04 PM IST
Malaria drug could be used to treat Zika virus

Malaria drug could be used to treat Zika virus

Zika virus remains a major global health risk. In most adults, Zika causes mild flu-like symptoms. 
 

Nov 17, 2017, 16:58 PM IST
DNA-based Zika vaccine found effective for humans

DNA-based Zika vaccine found effective for humans

The GLS-5700 vaccine is a synthetic DNA vaccine that contains the instructions for the host to mount an immune response against a specific Zika virus antigen.
 

Oct 05, 2017, 16:50 PM IST
Scientists reveal why Zika virus causes microcephaly

Scientists reveal why Zika virus causes microcephaly

Zika was first identified in 1947 in Uganda, and until its recent emergence in the Americas, was a little known one that sporadically causes mild infections.

Sep 29, 2017, 17:11 PM IST
Rapid low-cost test for Zika, dengue developed

Rapid low-cost test for Zika, dengue developed

It resembles a pregnancy test strip and contains antibodies that react to the presence of Zika or dengue virus, and gold nanoparticles that respond to the antibody reaction.

Sep 28, 2017, 15:48 PM IST
Low-cost, quick test for Zika, dengue developed

Low-cost, quick test for Zika, dengue developed

The test developed by researchers accurately diagnoses Zika and dengue and can tell the two mosquito-borne viruses apart.

Sep 28, 2017, 13:12 PM IST
Antibody that protects against Zika, dengue identified

Antibody that protects against Zika, dengue identified

Since dengue and Zika are related viruses, the researchers reasoned that an antibody that prevents dengue disease may do the same for Zika.

Sep 26, 2017, 19:06 PM IST
Is Zika virus the new silver lining for brain cancer patients? - Read

Is Zika virus the new silver lining for brain cancer patients? - Read

Glioblastoma affects 12,000 people per year in the United States, and was recently diagnosed in US Senator John McCain.

Sep 06, 2017, 09:02 AM IST
More potent, safer Zika vaccine developed

More potent, safer Zika vaccine developed

The team's protein-based vaccine uses the smallest and most unique part of the Zika virus that can still elicit a potent and robust immune response.

Aug 12, 2017, 17:08 PM IST
Common mosquito can transmit Zika virus too, say Brazilian scientists

Common mosquito can transmit Zika virus too, say Brazilian scientists

 While the virus is not fatal to humans, it has been linked to serious birth defects in infants born to women who were exposed to the mosquito-borne disease, mainly through bites.

Aug 10, 2017, 13:35 PM IST
Zika may not spread by kissing: Study

Zika may not spread by kissing: Study

Casual contact like kissing or sharing a fork or spoon does not increase the risk of transmission of Zika virus as the infection may not spread through saliva, US researchers have found.

Aug 02, 2017, 20:54 PM IST
Potential drug to fight Zika virus dicovered by Spanish scientists!

Potential drug to fight Zika virus dicovered by Spanish scientists!

The molecular structure of the proteins involved in the Zika virus' replication process was first described only a year ago.

Jul 23, 2017, 11:40 AM IST
This new antibody-based test can help differentiate Zika from other infections

This new antibody-based test can help differentiate Zika from other infections

Zika is a mosquito-borne disease and is linked to severe congenital birth defects.

Jul 20, 2017, 00:02 AM IST
Zika unlikely to get worse due to prior dengue fever, says study

Zika unlikely to get worse due to prior dengue fever, says study

People who are infected by Zika virus after having dengue fever do not appear to become more severely ill than those who have never had dengue

Jul 15, 2017, 17:30 PM IST
Experimental Zika vaccines protect foetus against infection

Experimental Zika vaccines protect foetus against infection

Pregnant women who are infected with the Zika virus but never display any disease symptoms may still give birth to a baby with microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby's head is smaller than expected.

Jul 14, 2017, 16:20 PM IST
Eradication of mosquitoes not the right solution to get rid of vector-borne diseases, say scientists! - Know why

Eradication of mosquitoes not the right solution to get rid of vector-borne diseases, say scientists! - Know why

Instead of their eradication, their ability to transmit diseases should be suppressed – completely wiping out the species may have wider effects.

Jul 14, 2017, 09:41 AM IST
Zika virus breakthrough? This malaria drug protects fetuses from infection

Zika virus breakthrough? This malaria drug protects fetuses from infection

Researchers say the drug appeared to reduce transmission of Zika virus from pregnant mice to their foetuses.

Jul 11, 2017, 16:43 PM IST