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Data de publicação: 31/08/2021 - 10:26
The release of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia in Niterói, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, which began as a pilot action in Jururuba, in 2015, and covered 75% of the city’s territory, has already yielded positive effects. Data released this Thursday (August 26th) by the Wolbachia Method, an initiative of the World Mosquito Program (WMP) led by Fiocruz in Brazil, indicate a reduction of about 70% of cases of dengue fever...
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Data de publicação: 18/12/2018 - 12:16
Researcher of Gonçalo Moniz Institute (IGM/Fiocruz Bahia) Guilherme de Sousa Ribeiro coordinated a clinical and epidemiological study using intracranial imaging exams to rule in or rule out the occurrence of any congenital brain abnormalities in children with suspected microcephaly potentially related to zika virus infection in Salvador, Bahia. The research was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Information...
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Data de publicação: 26/03/2019 - 11:16
A new technique to detect the Zika virus, which is more sensitive and cheaper than real-time PCR (the gold standard used today for the molecular diagnosis of the disease), proved to be efficient in tests with mosquito samples. Developed in a Master's Degree in Biosciences and Biotechnology in Health by the student Severino Jefferson, under the guidance of researcher Lindomar Pena, with researchers from Fiocruz Pernambuco Constância...
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Data de publicação: 18/03/2021 - 10:39
Six years after the National Health Emergency declared by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Zika is still a public health issue that mobilizes many actors in society. Fiocruz is launching the virtual exhibition Zika: lives affecting lives, produced by the Zika Social Sciences Network and the Oswaldo Cruz House (COC/Fiocruz), through the Museum of Life. The exhibition is the result of collaborative scientific research, produced with intense...
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Data de publicação: 11/09/2017 - 11:06
Fiocruz scientists in Pernambuco have discovered a substance capable of blocking the production of zika virus in epithelial and neural cells. The finding was published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and shows antiviral activity of the substance 6-methyl mercaptopurine riboside (6MMPr) against the zika virus type circulating in Brazil. The cells are marked in blue color, and infected cells are marked in...
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Data de publicação: 27/05/2020 - 11:58
In 2016, for the first time in Latin America, Brazil was the epicenter of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The unusual increase in babies born with microcephaly and other neurological disorders initially attracted the attention of bedside doctors in the Northeast; months later, the world looked at the country and its babies with concern. This was clearly a public health emergency, but it demanded a coordinated and...
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Data de publicação: 22/11/2017 - 12:10
Widely used in the treatment of diseases like some cancers such as breast, gastric and bone, monoclonal antibodies also have high potential for application against the zika virus. The evidence was demonstrated in a study led by US scientists, in partnership with the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC/Fiocruz) and the University of São Paulo (USP), published on October 4, in the international journal Science Translational Medicine. Despite the...
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Data de publicação: 11/12/2018 - 10:59
In Brazil, a mother is as vulnerable as her child born with microcephaly due to zika in the last three years, as well as the other women involved in this child daily care. With a systematic routine of doctor’s appointments, stimulation and recovery activities for the child, they had to stop working - which impacts family income - abandon personal projects and face the difficulties of a health system unprepared to care for their children....
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Data de publicação: 15/08/2018 - 13:59
A technology based on chemical analyses by infrared rays capable of speeding the monitoring of the presence of zika in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes by 18 times and of cheapening it by 116 times. This is the new bet of researchers from the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC/Fiocruz) to improve the surveillance of virus circulation. Known as 'near-infrared spectroscopy', the technique is simple, has a high accuracy rate and requires no use of...
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Data de publicação: 28/11/2018 - 11:56
A group of researchers from the National Institute of Women, Children and Adolescents Health Fernandes Figueira (IFF/Fiocruz), led by the physician Lucia Monteiro from the Pediatric Urodynamics Outpatient Unit, published an article in the international journal Plos One with new results confirming changes that interfere with the normal bladder functioning in infants born of women infected with the zika virus during pregnancy. This is the...
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Data de publicação: 15/10/2018 - 15:44
A study conducted by Fiocruz Pernambuco reveals how zika virus got to Brazil, filling a gap in the literature addressing this topic. Among the most frequent hypotheses, the virus was believed to have been introduced in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup (June 12th to July 13th), brought by African travelers. Another theory said the virus had been introduced during the world canoeing championship held in August 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, that...
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Data de publicação: 02/05/2017 - 14:46
Nísia Trindade Lima, president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, participated in a meeting held at the British Council Brazil, in March 7, in Brasília, for the official presentation of the four Fiocruz projects approved by the Public Notice Institutional Links Zika Virus. During the meeting, Nísia presented the Social Sciences and Humanities Network, facing the zika epidemic in Brazil, focused on the social repercussions of...
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Data de publicação: 22/07/2019 - 16:17
Research from Fiocruz reveals that children exposed to the Zika virus may have developmental delays and neurosensory changes in the second year of life. The study evaluated 216 children for two years and also found that neurological development was lower than normal in children exposed to the virus in the first weeks of pregnancy, while children exposed in the last weeks had fewer complications. There were eight cases of microcephaly...
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Data de publicação: 28/07/2017 - 16:38
One year and a half after the start of the international health emergency of microcephaly related to congenital zika virus infection, a new study coordinated by specialists from the National Institute of Women, Children and Adolescents Health Fernandes Figueira (IFF/Fiocruz) found that ocular abnormalities can be the only initial finding of infants whose mothers were infected during pregnancy. According to researchers, the finding...
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Data de publicação: 14/06/2017 - 16:07
The zika virus was already circulating in Brazil in the first quarter of 2014, more than one year before infection cases were detected in the country, according to new data from an international study, revealed in Nature, conducted by Fiocruz researchers in partnership with the Broad Institute and institutions of several countries. The research also revealed that Brazil was the source of the outbreak in the Americas.  “Fiocruz and...
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Data de publicação: 11/06/2018 - 09:56
From the left, Jeffrey Berthony, immunologist and researcher at Fiocruz Minas and George Washington (GWU), Flávia Ribeiro, infectious agent and researcher at the Research Center of Hospital das Clínicas, and David Diemert, infectious disease specialist and professor at GWU (Photo: Fiocruz Minas)   Researchers of the Hospital das Clínicas of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), George Washington...
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Data de publicação: 26/10/2020 - 15:43
Research by Fiocruz Pernambuco, in collaboration with the Colorado State University (CSU), USA, has found scientific evidence of the importance of sexual transmission of the virus in the zika epidemic in Pernambuco. This is the first Brazilian study to reach this conclusion, and the second worldwide to show that sexual transmission of the zika virus played a much more significant role in the epidemic than what was initially thought. The first...
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Data de publicação: 03/12/2020 - 13:47
The analysis of a historical series of 16 years (2004 to 2019) of the incidence of dengue fever in 20 countries of Central and South America has concluded that the dynamic of dengue fever occurrence in the region was changed after zika virus epidemics, possibly due to crossed immunity between the two virus, that belongs to the same family. In the study, researchers analyzed data of notified cases suspected of dengue fever, reported to the...
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Data de publicação: 11/06/2018 - 11:44
What is the situation of the families of children affected by zika virus more than two years after the epidemic in Brazil? What social dimensions of the disease were ignored, and how to remove them from invisibility? How is discussion about the virus inseparable from a debate on women's reproductive rights and abortion, for example? What should be an ethical approach for research subjects with such a sensitive subject matter? These and...
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Data de publicação: 18/12/2020 - 11:42
Most times a pregnant woman goes through a viral infection, such as a common cold, the baby remains protected in the womb. This protection is provided by the placenta, the organ that connects mother and baby and works as a barrier against microorganisms. However, there are pathogens that can overcome this barrier. One example is the zika virus. In 2015 and 2016, it caused a public health emergency of international relevance due to its...
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Data de publicação: 26/06/2020 - 18:05
Even in the midst of a pandemic that has affected the everyday life of virtually everyone, Brazilians are still living with the consequences of the last national public health emergency: the zika virus, which has led to the birth of 3,534 babies with congenital zika syndrome (CZS) since 2015. A new strain of the zika virus was recently discovered in Brazil by researchers of the Center for the Integration of Data and Knowledge for Health (Cidacs...
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Data de publicação: 15/08/2018 - 15:02
Since the health emergency related to zika virus in Latin America between 2015 and 2016, scientists investigate possible correlations between virus infection and the development of neurological manifestations such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and congenital zika syndrome, which includes various disorders such as microcephaly. Researchers from the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC/Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro State University (Uerj) and from the...
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Data de publicação: 12/04/2021 - 18:06
After 6 years of the epidemic that put Northeast Brazil in its epicenter, the Zika virus and its consequences may be away from the spotlight, but it is still a burden that needs to be addressed. From March 15th to18th, researchers from the four corners of the world who participated in one of the greatest Zika research consortiums gathered virtually (due to the current pandemic) to discuss its results and ways forward. The event marked the...
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Data de publicação: 05/03/2021 - 10:44
An important step to understanding the dynamics of arbovirus transmission, such as dengue fever, zika and chikungunya, is to get to know mosquitoes’ ability to get infected and to transmit the viruses that cause these diseases. This characteristic is technically known as vectorial competence. A study by researchers of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC/Fiocruz) showed that the Aedes aegypti has low vectorial competence for the zika virus when...
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Data de publicação: 18/12/2020 - 12:21
After five years of research, a project led by Fiocruz has reached encouraging results in the search for a therapy to prevent congenital zika syndrome. In an article published on Antiviral Research, the authors show an intense protective effect of sofosbuvir, the antiviral drug currently indicated to treat hepatitis C. In trials with Rhesus monkeys, considered to be the experimental model closest to humans, the drug prevented zika virus...
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