Animals and Zika

  • Zika Virus and Animals
    In addition to the public health concerns, the spread of Zika Virus raises questions about livestock and companion animals. The current information regarding Zika Virus and animals is available at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/qa-animals.html
    To summarize: no evidence has been found regarding animal involvement in the spread of the virus and there have been no reports of sickness in animals. The CDC reports that animals in the US are not at risk of becoming sick with Zika Virus. Microcephaly has not been reported with Zika virus infection in animals living in areas where Zika virus is present; however, more research is needed to better understand Zika virus and microcephaly in animal pregnancy.
    Author credit:
     Lessler, J., Chaisson, L. H., Kucirka, L. M., Bi, Q., Grantz, K., Salje, H.,…Rodriguez-Barraquer, I. (2016). Assessing the global threat from Zika virus. Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf8160
  • Is there a vaccine for Zika Virus?
    • A vaccine has not yet been released to the public although their is a clinical trial of a vaccine underway.
    • From the National Institutes of Health – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial of a vaccine candidate intended to prevent Zika virus infection. The early-stage study will evaluate the experimental vaccine’s safety and ability to generate an immune system response in participants.
    • Read the full article here —- >  NIH ZIKA VACCINE UPDATE

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