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Successful infection of pregnant ewes in ZIKAction sheep model of Zika vertical transmission

Within the ZIKA-PATHO work package of ZIKAction, Dr. Maureen Long and her lab at the University of Florida have developed a sheep model of mother-to-child Zika virus transmission. Fetal sheep have proven to be an excellent model of fetal stress in human pregnancies, highly succeptible to early viral infection and demonstrating brain and limb defects in association with these infections.

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ZIKAction team in Cape Verde at the end of March

ZIKAction visited the West African country of Cape Verde, which last year experienced an outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV). The hospital personnel in Praia, the capital of Santiago – main-island warmly welcomed the ZIKAction team and are eager to contribute their first-hand experience with and knowledge of ZIKV infection in pregnancy to ZIKAction activities.

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Ethics approval received in Jamaica

We are excited to begin enrollment in the prospective cohort study of mother-to-child transmission of Zika (ZIKV), Dengue (DENV) and Chikungunya (CHIKV) virus infection, having received ethics approval in Jamaica on April 5.

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