Researchers discover antibody that may protect fetus from Zika virus

Researchers discover antibody that may protect fetus from Zika virus

A team of researchers claimed to have discovered an antibody that might protect unborn babies from the deadly Zika virus that has swept across the Americas, the Caribbean and several parts of Asia.

The Zika treatment is based on the body's natural defenses. It is an immune system particle known as a monoclonal antibody that homes in particularly on the virus. In a study conducted on mice, the researchers found that it helped decrease the damage caused by Zika virus to the developing fetuses.

Apart from protecting the developing fetuses, the monoclonal antibody was found to be helpful in protecting adult pregnant mice against the deadly infection.

Lead researcher Michael Diamond, a professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said that the research proved that Zika infection during pregnancy is treatable.

Speaking on the topic, Dr. Diamond said, "This is the first antiviral that has been shown to work in pregnancy to protect developing fetuses from Zika virus. This is proof of principle that Zika virus during pregnancy is treatable, and we already have a human antibody that treats it, at least in mice."

Transmitted by mosquitoes or through sex, Zika virus normally does not cause any serious disease. However, it causes untreatable birth defects in babies who get infected in the womb. In adults with weak immune system, it can cause rare neurological syndromes.


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