Malarial Drug to Combat Fetal Zika Virus Infection

Zika virus infection in pregnancy is associated with severe neurological complications in the fetus such as microcephaly (abnormally small heads) signifying reduced brain development. Currently, there are no approved drugs or vaccines for use during pregnancy, and infections during pregnancy pose a serious threat to both the mother and the fetus. Transmission of Zika virus infection to fetus can be prevented by administration of hydroxychloroquine during pregnancy, according to a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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