A Research Blog

In this week’s Research Story of 2016, we turned to Prof Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS, for his pick: the association of Zika infection during pregnancy with microcephaly births. Zika took centre stage in 2016, and will certainly continue to be a main character in research on emerging infectious diseases.

The Zika EmergencyBaby and Mozzie

On 1 February 2016, the world woke up to a new public health emergency: Zika. From then, Zika news hogged the headlines for months, with news agencies charting the spread of infection globally and tracking Zika research.   In the past year, this research has established the association of Zika infection during pregnancy with microcephaly births, while reinforcing the link of Zika infection to increased risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.

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