Tagged: microcephaly

News of Zika vaccine might be reassuring, but it’s too late for Rio, and do we really need it anyway? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 08, 2016

By Lenore Manderson, University of the Witwatersrand Recently, two events concerning the Zika epidemic coincided: two potential vaccines against the virus were declared a success when used in mice, and Australian golfer Jason Day withdrew from the Olympic Games, purportedly because of his concern about the possibility of getting infected. The number of media reports of … Read More

Explainer: what autoimmune disorder is newly linked to Zika? - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 21, 2016

By Steven Maltby, University of Newcastle The ongoing Zika virus outbreak in South America has brought media and research attention to several rare neurological disorders. Early reports suggested links between Zika infection and microcephaly (abnormal smallness of the head) in newborn infants. These were quickly followed by reports of increased rates of auto-immune disorder Guillain-Barre … Read More

An update on Zika infection and pregnancy - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 16, 2016

New research which looked at the data from the 2013-2014 outbreak of Zika in French Polynesia, estimates that the risk of microcephaly is about 1 for every 100 women infected with the Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy. Zika is the virus spread by mosquitoes (and more rarely by sexual transmission) that … Read More

What are the real risks of Zika? - News

Guest Work Feb 11, 2016

Michael Selgelid, Monash University and Euzebiusz Jamrozik, Monash University Zika has raised alarm bells worldwide, prompting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) declaration of a “public health emergency”, El Salvador’s dramatic recommendation that women delay pregnancy for two years, and the US Centres for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation that pregnant women consider postponing travel to … Read More