Published On: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016

US, Brazilians researched widely on Zika virus



US researchers proclaimed preparations on Tuesday to organize a huge research study on health dangers confronted by pregnant women in places where Zika virus is widespread, predominantly in Latin America.

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington and its Brazilian counterpart Fiocruz, “The Zika in Infants and Pregnancy Study” (ZIP) aspires to register aloft of 10,000 pregnant women ages 15 and older.

Globally, the virus is vigorously dispersal in a few 60 countries and territories, Colombia, and further places affected by the virus, more than 15 spots.

Scientists will pursue research study contributors from the initial trimester via as a minimum the initial year later than birth.

Anthony S. Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that “The full scope of the effect of Zika virus in pregnancy has not yet been fully determined,”

They further added, “This large prospective study promises to provide important new data that will help guide the medical and public health responses to the Zika virus epidemic.”

Globally, the virus is vigorously scattering in a number of 60 countries and territories. Zika is mainly passing on via bites from infected mosquitos and also sexual transmission from an infected mother to her unborn child.

The virus has flashed international alarm as it is associated with a spike in microcephaly, a state that sources babies to be born with strangely small heads and possible neurological damage. Doctors have as well linked Zika to miscarriage and stillbirth and also eye defects, hearing issues, decreased development rates and brain growth holds up in newborns.

The research study will involve analysis of birth results, pre-term birth, microcephaly cases and further issues, taking into account environmental persuasions and further infections, involving the dengue virus.

By contrasting groups that involve both infected and non-infected mothers and kids, researchers expect the research study will enlighten communities on how to healthier uphold the health of mothers and kids.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.