Research provides clues to how Zika virus breaches the placental barrier

The findings may help explain the mechanism by which Zika virus breaches the placental barrier to access the fetus. They also suggest that fetuses in pregnant women with HSV-2 infection are at a higher risk for microcephaly and other effects caused by Zika virus. “Investigators in Brazil have suspected that something more than Zika virus … Continue reading “Research provides clues to how Zika virus breaches the placental barrier”

The findings may help explain the mechanism by which Zika virus breaches the placental barrier to access the fetus. They also suggest that fetuses in pregnant women with HSV-2 infection are at a higher risk for microcephaly and other effects caused by Zika virus.

“Investigators in Brazil have suspected that something more than Zika virus is causing the high intensity and severity of cases. Our study suggests that the immune response to an early infection, HSV-2, may be the additional factor that increases the risk for severity of Zika virus-induced disease,” said Dr. Gil Mor, senior author of the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology study.

Author: Joe Lovrek

Born in Houston, Raised in Trinity Texas

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