A drug – being studied as a preventative measure against fetal infection – would contain glycosaminoglycans, which the virus would find so irresistible that it would turn up its nose at the sugars in human cell membranes.
Researchers’ structural analysis of ZIKA NS5, a unique protein to the virus, reveals a potential binding site in the protein for an inhibitor, making it an ideal target for for anti-viral drug development.
So far, 29 travel-related cases of Zika have been registered in Utah, 11 of these cases have been pregnant women.
Caribbean travelers – the vast majority by cruise ship – were the primary means of introducing the 2016 Zika outbreak in South Florida. Researchers also confirmed that decreases in the Aedes aegypti population from pesticide spraying corresponded with a subsequent drop in new reported Zika cases.
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The ongoing Zika epidemic in the Americas is unlike any other outbreak public health officials have handled. Here’s a brief look at the past 12 months of Zika, including travel warnings, diagnostic troubles, epidemiological estimates and eradication efforts.
Just because temperatures are cooling, don’t let your guard down when it comes to Zika-carrying mosquitoes. Researchers have shown Aedes mosquitoes are able to transmit Zika to their offspring. Eggs can remain viable up to a year and hatch when it rains.
After health officials reported that the Little River section of Miami is no longer an area where local Zika infection is active, Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked residents to remain vigilant by wearing bug spray and dumping standing water.
For the 10th time this year, San Diego County’s vector-control crews sprayed insecticide in a neighborhood known to have mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus. The latest spraying took place in the South County neighborhood of Nestor – near the homes of sickened residents who caught the virus traveling abroad.
A Zika virus vaccine was injected into 75 healthy adults at the start of human trials of the vaccine developed by scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as part of the DoD response to the ongoing Zika outbreak. This first phase will assess the vaccine’s safety and ability to trigger an immune response.