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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640798/evaluation-of-placental-and-fetal-tissue-specimens-for-zika-virus-infection-50-states-and-district-of-columbia-january-december-2016
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Sarah Reagan-Steiner, Regina Simeone, Elizabeth Simon, Julu Bhatnagar, Titilope Oduyebo, Rebecca Free, Amy M Denison, Demi B Rabeneck, Sascha Ellington, Emily Petersen, Joy Gary, Gillian Hale, M Kelly Keating, Roosecelis B Martines, Atis Muehlenbachs, Jana Ritter, Ellen Lee, Alexander Davidson, Erin Conners, Sarah Scotland, Kayleigh Sandhu, Andrea Bingham, Elizabeth Kassens, Lou Smith, Kirsten St George, Nina Ahmad, Mary Tanner, Suzanne Beavers, Brooke Miers, Kelley VanMaldeghem, Sumaiya Khan, Ingrid Rabe, Carolyn Gould, Dana Meaney-Delman, Margaret A Honein, Wun-Ju Shieh, Denise J Jamieson, Marc Fischer, Sherif R Zaki
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause congenital microcephaly and brain abnormalities (1), and detection of Zika virus RNA in clinical and tissue specimens can provide definitive laboratory evidence of recent Zika virus infection. Whereas duration of viremia is typically short, prolonged detection of Zika virus RNA in placental, fetal, and neonatal brain tissue has been reported and can provide key diagnostic information by confirming recent Zika virus infection (2). In accordance with recent guidance (3,4), CDC provides Zika virus testing of placental and fetal tissues in clinical situations where this information could add diagnostic value...
June 23, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632511/zika-virus-a-cause-of-concern-in-transplantation
#2
Marilyn E Levi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Worldwide, the number of countries reporting Zika virus (ZKV) infection continues to increase. Although 80% of cases are asymptomatic, ZKV has been identified as a neurotropic virus associated with congenital microcephaly, Guillain-Barre' syndrome, and meningoencephalitis. Until recently, infection in transplant recipients has not been identified. This study will review the existing literature on ZKV infection, laboratory testing, and management in transplant recipients...
June 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631169/zika-virus-infection-in-vietnam-current-epidemic-strain-origin-spreading-risk-and-perspective
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REVIEW
Dinh-Toi Chu, Vo Truong Nhu Ngoc, Yang Tao
Zika virus infection and its associated microcephaly have being receiving global concern. This infection has spread widely since the first outbreak was recorded in Africa in 1952. Now, it has been reported in over 70 countries on five continents including Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Vietnam is one of the most recent countries which had cases of Zika virus infection at the end of 2016. This country has also reported the first case of a microcephaly-born baby which was probably linked to Zika virus infection...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617773/pregnancy-outcomes-after-maternal-zika-virus-infection-during-pregnancy-u-s-territories-january-1-2016-april-25-2017
#4
Carrie K Shapiro-Mendoza, Marion E Rice, Romeo R Galang, Anna C Fulton, Kelley VanMaldeghem, Miguel Valencia Prado, Esther Ellis, Magele Scott Anesi, Regina M Simeone, Emily E Petersen, Sascha R Ellington, Abbey M Jones, Tonya Williams, Sarah Reagan-Steiner, Janice Perez-Padilla, Carmen C Deseda, Andrew Beron, Aifili John Tufa, Asher Rosinger, Nicole M Roth, Caitlin Green, Stacey Martin, Camille Delgado Lopez, Leah deWilde, Mary Goodwin, H Pamela Pagano, Cara T Mai, Carolyn Gould, Sherif Zaki, Leishla Nieves Ferrer, Michelle S Davis, Eva Lathrop, Kara Polen, Janet D Cragan, Megan Reynolds, Kimberly B Newsome, Mariam Marcano Huertas, Julu Bhatangar, Alma Martinez Quiñones, John F Nahabedian, Laura Adams, Tyler M Sharp, W Thane Hancock, Sonja A Rasmussen, Cynthia A Moore, Denise J Jamieson, Jorge L Munoz-Jordan, Helentina Garstang, Afeke Kambui, Carolee Masao, Margaret A Honein, Dana Meaney-Delman
Pregnant women living in or traveling to areas with local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission are at risk for Zika virus infection, which can lead to severe fetal and infant brain abnormalities and microcephaly (1). In February 2016, CDC recommended 1) routine testing for Zika virus infection of asymptomatic pregnant women living in areas with ongoing local Zika virus transmission at the first prenatal care visit, 2) retesting during the second trimester for women who initially test negative, and 3) testing of pregnant women with signs or symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease (e...
June 16, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615701/revisiting-zika-and-rubella
#5
Adolfo Martinez-Palomo
Three months after the World Health Organization declared the epidemic of Zika virus infections to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, we can look back at what we have learned and prospects for controlling the disease. Although Zika virus infections may explain many cases of brain damage in newborns, it may not be the only cause. We need a clear association between confirmed cases of Zika infections in pregnant women and microcephaly in newborns. Until we reach a firm conclusion, past experience with another virus that causes damage to newborns offers some hope...
August 2016: Journal of Public Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610628/case-report-microcephaly-associated-with-zika-virus-infection-colombia
#6
Salim Mattar, Carolina Ojeda, Janna Arboleda, German Arrieta, Irene Bosch, Ingrid Botia, Nelson Alvis-Guzman, Carlos Perez-Yepes, Lee Gerhke, German Montero
BACKGROUND: Recently there has been a large outbreak of Zika virus infections in Colombia, South America. The epidemic began in September 2015 and continued to April 2017, for the total number of Zika cases reported of 107,870. For those confirmed Zika cases, there were nearly 20,000 (18.5%) suspected to be pregnant women, resulting in 157 confirmed cases of microcephaly in newborns reported by their health government agency. There is a clear under-estimation of the total number of cases and in addition no prior publications have been published to demonstrate the clinical aspects of the Zika infection in Colombia...
June 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604336/characteristics-of-dysphagia-in-infants-with-microcephaly-caused-by-congenital-zika-virus-infection-brazil-2015
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Mariana C Leal, Vanessa van der Linden, Thiago P Bezerra, Luciana de Valois, Adriana C G Borges, Margarida M C Antunes, Kátia G Brandt, Catharina X Moura, Laura C Rodrigues, Coeli R Ximenes
We summarize the characteristics of dysphagia in 9 infants in Brazil with microcephaly caused by congenital Zika virus infection. The Schedule for Oral Motor Assessment, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, and the videofluoroscopic swallowing study were used as noninstrumental and instrumental assessments. All infants had a degree of neurologic damage and showed abnormalities in the oral phase. Of the 9 infants, 8 lacked oral and upper respiratory tract sensitivity, leading to delays in initiation of the pharyngeal phase of swallowing...
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601976/zika-virus-as-an-emerging-neuropathogen-mechanisms-of-neurovirulence-and-neuro-immune-interactions
#8
REVIEW
Gerwyn Morris, Tatiana Barichello, Brendon Stubbs, Cristiano A Köhler, André F Carvalho, Michael Maes
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus of the genus Flaviviridae, which causes a febrile illness and has spread from across the Pacific to the Americas in a short timeframe. Convincing evidence has implicated the ZIKV to incident cases of neonatal microcephaly and a set of neurodevelopmental abnormalities referred to as the congenital Zika virus syndrome. In addition, emerging data points to an association with the ZIKV and the development of the so-called Guillain-Barre syndrome, an acute autoimmune polyneuropathy...
June 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598357/microcephaly
#9
REVIEW
Emily Hanzlik, Joseph Gigante
Microcephaly is defined as a head circumference more than two standard deviations below the mean for gender and age. Congenital microcephaly is present at birth, whereas postnatal microcephaly occurs later in life. Genetic abnormalities, syndromes, metabolic disorders, teratogens, infections, prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal injuries can cause both congenital and postnatal microcephaly. Evaluation of patients with microcephaly begins with a thorough history and physical examination. In cases of worsening microcephaly or neurological signs or symptoms, neuroimaging, metabolic, or genetic testing should be strongly considered...
June 9, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594787/measures-taken-to-prevent-zika-virus-infection-during-pregnancy-puerto-rico-2016
#10
Denise V D'Angelo, Beatriz Salvesen von Essen, Mark J Lamias, Holly Shulman, Wanda I Hernandez-Virella, Aspy J Taraporewalla, Manuel I Vargas, Leslie Harrison, Sascha R Ellington, Leslianne Soto, Tanya Williams, Aurea Rodriguez, Carrie K Shapiro-Mendoza, Brenda Rivera, Shanna Cox, Karen Pazol, Marion E Rice, Deborah L Dee, Lisa Romero, Eva Lathrop, Wanda Barfield, Ruben A Smith, Denise J Jamieson, Margaret A Honein, Carmen Deseda, Lee Warner
Zika virus infection during pregnancy remains a serious health threat in Puerto Rico. Infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly, brain abnormalities, and other severe birth defects (1). From January 1, 2016 through March 29, 2017, Puerto Rico reported approximately 3,300 pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection (2). There is currently no vaccine or intervention to prevent the adverse effects of Zika virus infection during pregnancy; therefore, prevention has been the focus of public health activities, especially for pregnant women (3)...
June 9, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594771/serial-head-and-brain-imaging-of-17-fetuses-with-confirmed-zika-virus-infection-in-colombia-south-america
#11
Miguel Parra-Saavedra, Jennita Reefhuis, Juan Pablo Piraquive, Suzanne M Gilboa, Martina L Badell, Cynthia A Moore, Marcela Mercado, Diana Valencia, Denise J Jamieson, Mauricio Beltran, Magda Sanz-Cortes, Ana Maria Rivera-Casas, Mayel Yepez, Guido Parra, Martha Ospina Martinez, Margaret A Honein
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate fetal ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging findings among a series of pregnant women with confirmed Zika virus infection to evaluate the signs of congenital Zika syndrome with respect to timing of infection. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case series of pregnant women referred to two perinatal clinics in Barranquilla and Ibagué, Colombia, who had findings consistent with congenital Zika syndrome and Zika virus infection confirmed in maternal, fetal, or neonatal samples...
June 6, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592568/congenital-zika-virus-infection-more-than-just-microcephaly
#12
Jonathan J Miner
A nonhuman primate model demonstrates efficient vertical transmission of Zika virus.
June 7, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589934/dna-vaccination-protects-mice-against-zika-virus-induced-damage-to-the-testes
#13
Bryan D Griffin, Kar Muthumani, Bryce M Warner, Anna Majer, Mable Hagan, Jonathan Audet, Derek R Stein, Charlene Ranadheera, Trina Racine, Marc-Antoine De La Vega, Jocelyne Piret, Stephanie Kucas, Kaylie N Tran, Kathy L Frost, Christine De Graff, Geoff Soule, Leanne Scharikow, Jennifer Scott, Gordon McTavish, Valerie Smid, Young K Park, Joel N Maslow, Niranjan Y Sardesai, J Joseph Kim, Xiao-Jian Yao, Alexander Bello, Robbin Lindsay, Guy Boivin, Stephanie A Booth, Darwyn Kobasa, Carissa Embury-Hyatt, David Safronetz, David B Weiner, Gary P Kobinger
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging pathogen causally associated with serious sequelae in fetuses, inducing fetal microcephaly and other neurodevelopment defects. ZIKV is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, but can persist in human semen and sperm, and sexual transmission has been documented. Moreover, exposure of type-I interferon knockout mice to ZIKV results in severe damage to the testes, epididymis and sperm. Candidate ZIKV vaccines have shown protective efficacy in preclinical studies carried out in animal models, and several vaccines have entered clinical trials...
June 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583742/visual-and-motor-deficits-in-grown-up-mice-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection
#14
Liyuan Cui, Peng Zou, Er Chen, Hao Yao, Hao Zheng, Qian Wang, Jing-Ning Zhu, Shibo Jiang, Lu Lu, Jiayi Zhang
Human infants with congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection exhibit a range of symptoms including microcephaly, intracranial calcifications, macular atrophy and arthrogryposis. More importantly, prognosis data have lagged far behind the recent outbreak of ZIKV in 2015. In this work, we allow congenitally ZIKV-infected mice to grow into puberty. These mice exhibited motor incoordination and visual dysfunctions, which can be accounted by anatomical defects in the retina and cerebellar cortex. In contrary, anxiety level of the ZIKV-infected mice is normal...
April 24, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579764/is-zika-virus-an-emerging-torch-agent-an-invited-commentary
#15
Mohammad Zare Mehrjardi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne arbovirus from the family Flaviviridae, which had caused some epidemics since its discovery in 1947 without any significant impacts on public health. In 2015, however, a 20-fold increase in congenital microcephaly cases in northeastern Brazil was attributed to prenatally acquired ZIKV infection. Traditionally, TORCH agents have 4 common characteristics including causing a mild illness in infected mother, vertical transmission to fetus, developing several anomalies in the affected fetus, and in some instances, maternal therapy may not ameliorate fetal prognosis...
2017: Virology: Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577343/de-novo-rna-synthesis-catalyzed-by-the-zika-virus-rna-polymerase-domain
#16
Christina Calmels, Michel Ventura, Cindy Aknin, Mathieu Métifiot, Marie-Line Andreola
Mosquito- and tick-borne pathogens including Chikungunya, Dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, Yellow fever and Zika virus, represent a new economic and public health challenge. In the absence of effective vaccines and specific therapies, only supportive regimens are administrated for most of these infections. Thus, the development of a targeted therapy is mandatory to stop the rapid progression of these pathogens and preoccupant associated burdens such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, microcephaly. For this, it is essential to develop biochemical tools to help study and target key viral enzymes involved in replication such as helicase complexes, methyl-transferases and RNA-dependent RNA polymerases...
June 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575919/zika-virus-infection-in-pregnant-women-and-microcephaly
#17
Geraldo Duarte, Antonio Fernandes Moron, Artur Timerman, César Eduardo Fernandes, Corintio Mariani Neto, Gutemberg Leão de Almeida Filho, Heron Werner Junior, Hilka Flavia Barra do Espírito Santo, João Alfredo Piffero Steibel, João Bortoletti Filho, Juvenal Barreto Borriello de Andrade, Marcelo Burlá, Marcos Felipe Silva de Sá, Newton Eduardo Busso, Paulo César Giraldo, Renato Augusto Moreira de Sá, Renato Passini Junior, Rosiane Mattar, Rossana Pulcineli Vieira Francisco
From the discovery of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in 1947 in Uganda (Africa), until its arrival in South America, it was not known that it would affect human reproductive life so severely. Today, damage to the central nervous system is known to be multiple, and microcephaly is considered the tip of the iceberg. Microcephaly actually represents the epilogue of this infection's devastating process on the central nervous system of embryos and fetuses. As a result of central nervous system aggression by the ZIKV, this infection brings the possibility of arthrogryposis, dysphagia, deafness and visual impairment...
May 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575689/racing-to-uncover-the-link-between-zika-virus-and-microcephaly
#18
Guo-Li Ming, Hongjun Song, Hengli Tang
In this Backstory, Ming, Song, and Tang give a behind-the-scenes account of the collaboration leading to their 2016 paper on Zika virus infection of neural progenitor cells. It was one of the first clues into how ZIKV could be causing birth defects in babies from infected mothers.
June 1, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574621/prospects-for-induction-of-cd8-t-cell-mediated-immunity-to-zika-virus-infection-by-yellow-fever-virus-yfv-vaccination
#19
Kim Blom, John Tyler Sandberg, Karin Loré, Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren
The Zika virus epidemic represents an unprecedented health crisis affecting significant parts of the world (1) . On February 1(st) 2016, the WHO declared the reported clusters of Zika-virus induced microcephaly and other neurological disorders a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The epidemic is currently ongoing in Latin America and the Caribbean, with impacts of the infection already seen in large populations of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and beyond. No specific treatment or vaccine is available, although several candidates are under development (2) ...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572454/neurodevelopmental-protein-musashi-1-interacts-with-the-zika-genome-and-promotes-viral-replication
#20
Pavithra L Chavali, Lovorka Stojic, Luke W Meredith, Nimesh Joseph, Michael S Nahorski, Thomas J Sanford, Trevor R Sweeney, Ben A Krishna, Myra Hosmillo, Andrew E Firth, Richard Bayliss, Carlo L Marcelis, Susan Lindsay, Ian Goodfellow, C Geoffrey Woods, Fanni Gergely
A recent outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil has led to a simultaneous increase in reports of neonatal microcephaly. Zika targets cerebral neural precursors, a cell population essential for cortical development, but the cause of this neurotropism remains obscure. Here we report that the neural RNA-binding protein Musashi-1 (MSI1) interacts with the Zika genome and enables viral replication. Zika infection disrupts the binding of MSI1 to its endogenous targets, thereby deregulating expression of factors implicated in neural stem cell function...
June 1, 2017: Science
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