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Newswise: National Geographic's THE HOT ZONE shows biosecurity's importance
Released: 23-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
National Geographic's THE HOT ZONE shows biosecurity's importance
Kansas State University

Ron Trewyn, Kansas State University NBAF liaison, writes to encourage people to watch THE HOT ZONE, a National Geographic limited series inspired by two Kansas State University veterinarians and leaders and their work during the 1989 Ebola-related outbreak in Virginia.

Newswise: Repurposed Drug Found to Be Effective Against Zika Virus
Released: 25-Jan-2018 11:05 AM EST
Repurposed Drug Found to Be Effective Against Zika Virus
University of California San Diego Health

In both cell cultures and mouse models, a drug used to treat Hepatitis C effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus — and blocked transmission of the virus to mouse fetuses. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil and elsewhere, say their findings support further investigation of using the repurposed drug as a potential treatment for Zika-infected adults, including pregnant women.

Newswise: Zika Vaccine Induces Robust Immune Responses in Three Phase 1 Trials
4-Dec-2017 4:55 PM EST
Zika Vaccine Induces Robust Immune Responses in Three Phase 1 Trials
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Healthy adults mounted strong immune responses after receiving an investigational whole inactivated Zika virus vaccine, according to interim analyses of three Phase 1, placebo-controlled, double-blind trials conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), and Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The findings were published today in The Lancet.

Newswise: Study Raises Possibility of Naturally Acquired Immunity Against Zika Virus
15-Nov-2017 2:30 PM EST
Study Raises Possibility of Naturally Acquired Immunity Against Zika Virus
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Birth defects in babies born infected with Zika virus remain a major health concern. Now, scientists suggest the possibility that some women in high-risk Zika regions may already be protected and not know it. New research in PLOS Pathogens on Nov. 16, performed in mice, shows women who develop symptom-free Zika infections may be able to acquire immunity that would protect them from future infections and their offspring in a future pregnancy.

Newswise: Antibody Protects Against Zika and Dengue, Mouse Study Shows
22-Sep-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Antibody Protects Against Zika and Dengue, Mouse Study Shows
Washington University in St. Louis

The same countries hard hit by Zika virus – which can cause brain damage in babies infected before birth – are also home to dengue virus. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers report that they have found an antibody that protects against both viruses. These findings, in mice, could be a step towards an antibody-based preventative drug to protect fetuses from brain damage, while also protecting their mothers from both Zika and dengue disease.

Newswise: Test Uses Nanotechnology to Quickly Diagnose Zika Virus
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Released: 10-Aug-2017 3:30 PM EDT
Test Uses Nanotechnology to Quickly Diagnose Zika Virus
Washington University in St. Louis

Currently, testing for Zika requires that a blood sample be refrigerated and shipped to a medical center or laboratory, delaying diagnosis and possible treatment. Now, Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that quickly can detect the presence of Zika virus in blood. Although the new proof-of-concept technology has yet to be produced for use in medical situations, test results can be determined in minutes, and the materials do not require refrigeration.

Newswise: Rewired Taste System Reveals How Flavors Move From Tongue to Brain
7-Aug-2017 1:00 PM EDT
Rewired Taste System Reveals How Flavors Move From Tongue to Brain
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

By creating mice with mixed-up taste sensors, HHMI Investigator Charles Zuker and colleagues show how the taste system continually remakes itself.

Newswise: Can Florida Mosquitoes Transmit New Strains of Painful Chikungunya Virus?
Released: 27-Jul-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Can Florida Mosquitoes Transmit New Strains of Painful Chikungunya Virus?
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS researchers used a baseline comparison of infection and transmission rates of Florida mosquitoes to those from the Dominican Republic, a region associated with numerous human cases. Barry Alto, an associate professor of entomology at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, led a team of UF/IFAS researchers that measured mosquito infection and transmission of the emergent strains of chikungunya -- Asian and Indian Ocean – in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Newswise: Vaccines Protect Fetuses From Zika Infection, Mouse Study Shows
10-Jul-2017 12:00 PM EDT
Vaccines Protect Fetuses From Zika Infection, Mouse Study Shows
Washington University in St. Louis

A new study in mice shows that females vaccinated before pregnancy and infected with Zika virus while pregnant bear pups who show no trace of the virus. The findings offer the first evidence that an effective vaccine can protect vulnerable fetuses from Zika infection and resulting injury.

Newswise: Southern Research Probe of Zika Virus Looks Into ‘Rebound Virus’
Released: 21-Jun-2017 10:05 AM EDT
Southern Research Probe of Zika Virus Looks Into ‘Rebound Virus’
Southern Research

Southern Research scientists are investigating how the Zika virus is able to find a safe harbor in an infected host’s tissue and stage a rebound weeks after the virus was seemingly cleared by the immune system.


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