Antibody May Stop Zika Virus
Zika infection—especially during pregnancy—can cause devastating complications. There currently is no vaccine against the virus or treatment for the infection, but scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN say they have identified a human antibody that could stop the infection.
Studies show that the antibody, called ZIKV-177, effectively neutralized five strains of Zika and may protect developing babies from the virus. The findings, which were recently published in the journal Nature, could help lead to development of a new vaccine.
According to researchers, animal studies show that the antibody reduced Zika virus levels in pregnant females and fetuses, as well as males, without adverse effects. However, more research is needed to determine if these results can be duplicated in humans, as the recent studies were conducted in laboratory mice.
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