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The Scientific Response to Zika Virus

Department of Biotechnology, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(3), 369;
Received: 6 February 2019 / Revised: 4 March 2019 / Accepted: 15 March 2019 / Published: 15 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Microbiology & Parasitology)
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne pathogen that became renowned in 2015 in Brazil mainly due to its association with microcephaly in newborns. Although most infections in adults are asymptomatic or cause mild illnesses, in a reduced number of cases, ZIKV can also produce severe complications that include neurological disorders (Guillain–Barré syndrome), ocular lesions, or reproductive alterations. From 2015 the efforts of a significant part of the scientific community were placed on ZIKV research, which has resulted in an unpredicted escalation of the knowledge of the biology and pathology of this virus. The rapid response of the scientific community against ZIKV highlights its enormous potential to counter attack a viral threat within a short time period. It is expected that this huge collaborative effort will produce affordable and effective prophylactic and therapeutic tools against ZIKV. Nevertheless, there are still other arboviral threats different from ZIKV that should not be forgotten. View Full-Text
Keywords: Zika virus; epidemics; scientific literature; antiviral; vaccines Zika virus; epidemics; scientific literature; antiviral; vaccines
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Martín-Acebes, M.A.; Saiz, J.-C. The Scientific Response to Zika Virus. J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8, 369.

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