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Zika virus and the fetus

An epidemic of Zika virus infection began in Brazil in April 2015, and six months later there was a surge in the number of infants born with microcephaly. Confirming that Zika virus causes microcephaly will require much more information than is currently available. So far there have been few isolations of Zika virus RNA from microcephalic fetuses or amniotic fluid. …

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TWiV 377: Chicken with a side of Zika

On episode #377 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiVniks review the past week’s findings on Zika virus and microcephaly, and reveal a chicken protein that provides insight on the restriction of transmission of avian influenza viruses to humans. You can find TWiV #377 at, or you can listen below. [powerpress url=”″] Click arrow …

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