Zika virus cases have been reported from four states -- Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala and Delhi -- in 2021. Among these, Uttar Pradesh has reported maximum cases
Currently, there are no definite antivirals against ZIKV and only symptomatic treatment regime is followed. Zika virus infection is also a trigger of Guillain-Barre syndrome, neuropathy and myelitis, particularly in adults and older children. The Zika virus vaccine is at various stages of development at present.
Bhubaneswar: Keeping in mind the global health alert over the dreaded Zika virus, authorities of Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) have issued an alert at the airport here on Thursday.
New York: A team of researchers led by an Indian-origin doctor has generated six Zika virus antibodies that may help diagnose as well as treat the mosquito-borne disease that has infected more than 1.5 million people worldwide in the last few years. The antibodies “may have the dual utility as diagnostics capable of recognising Zika […]
Jaipur: The total number of patients affeted by the zika virus in the city is 109, state health officials said. To contain the spread of the virus, dengue and chikungunya, health officials will conduct fogging on Saturday in different part of the city. The officials have asked the residents to keep their windows and doors […]
Sao Paulo: Scientists have discovered that Zika virus infection that can lead to birth defects and other complications such as seizures and long-term deficits in brain structure and behaviour, also persists in adulthood. In the study, a team of neuroscientists from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, infected three-day-old infant mice with […]
New York: Components in the mosquito saliva can trigger an unexpected and long-lasting immune responses — up to seven days post-bite, say scientists. The researchers found that more than 100 proteins in mosquito saliva are mediating the effects on the immune system, or may help the virus become more infectious. Identifying these proteins could help […]
New York: The damage caused by the Zika virus could go undetected in pregnancy and may later lead to learning disorders, psychiatric illnesses and dementia in babies, researchers including one of Indian-origin has found. The findings, appearing in the journal Nature Medicine, showed that a foetus that gets infected with the Zika virus may develop […]
Washington: Relatives of the Zika virus, especially West Nile, can spread from an infected pregnant mouse to her fetuses, causing brain damage and fetal death, researchers said on Wednesday. The findings, published in the US journal Science Translational Medicine, suggested that Zika may not be unique in its ability to cause birth defects, such as […]
New York: A medication used to prevent and treat malaria has the potential to fight the deadly Zika virus, new study has found. Zika virus remains a major global health risk. In most adults, Zika causes mild flu-like symptoms. But in pregnant women, the virus can cause serious birth defects in babies, including microcephaly — […]
New York: An experimental DNA-based vaccine has demonstrated both safety and the ability to elicit an immune response against Zika virus in humans, according to new research. The Phase-1 clinical trial showed that humans who received up to three doses of the vaccine candidate produced an immune response against Zika with minimal adverse effects. The […]
Washington: Chinese researchers said on Thursday they might have solved the mystery of why the Zika virus causes microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies. In a study published in the US journal Science, a team led by Cheng-Feng Qin of the Beijing Institute […]
New York: Scientists have developed a new paper-based test that can diagnose Zika infection within 20 minutes as well as accurately distinguish Zika virus from related viruses like Dengue. One of the biggest challenges in diagnosing Zika is that many of the tests are based on antibodies that interact with a viral protein called NS1, which […]
Washington: An anti-dengue antibody-based drug could potentially protect a mother and her foetus from the deadly Zika virus as well, suggests new research. In experiments with mice, the researchers found that an antibody that protects against dengue virus is also effective against Zika. “We found that this antibody not only neutralises the dengue virus but, in […]
New York: Researchers have found that a rise in cases of Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS) is linked to poor diet among the infants’ mothers. Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS) refers to a collection of developmental malformations associated with Zika virus (ZIKV) congenital infection. This syndrome includes devastating conditions that have a huge impact on the rest […]
London: A skin cream used to treat warts and skin cancer could help protect people against viral diseases such as Zika and dengue, according to new study. The cream, called imiquimod or Aldara, is commonly used to treat genital warts and some forms of skin cancer. “This study shows that a clinically approved, widely used […]