San Antonio researchers working on Zika vaccine for pregnant women

From CBS Austin
June 4, 2019

Researchers at Texas Biomed say they are working on an effective vaccine to protect pregnant women against the Zika virus.

The Department of Defense awarded the Texas Biomedical Research Institute $2 million to study what the facility calls a “promising experimental Zika vaccine.”

“If there’s something we can do to intervene for a pregnant woman and her fetus who are at risk, it’s certainly something we want to be looking at. I think most of the work being done now is focused on how we intervene during pregnancy since that is where the risk is,” explained Professor Jean Patterson, Ph.D., a Principal Investigator (PI) on the study.

The Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her unborn fetus, which can lead to serious birth defects, the CDC states.

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