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...
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...
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....
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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?
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...
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...
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...
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...
Data de publicação: 14/08/2018 - 14:23
Chinese researchers visited Fiocruz to present to Brazilian scientists their research, innovations and fields of studies related to infectious diseases. The 1st Academic Meeting of Brazil-China Center for Research and Prevention of Infectious Diseases (IDRPC), organized by Fiocruz and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, took place at the campus of Manguinhos (Rio de Janeiro) and marked another step in the partnership between the two countries,...
Data de publicação: 11/06/2018 - 11:14
Patricia Brasil, Fiocruz researcher in infectious diseases, receiving the 2018 Christophe Mérieux Prize at the Institut de France (Photo: Fondation Merieux).
The leading researcher at the Infectious Diseases Laboratory of the National Institute of Infectology (INI/Fiocruz), Patrícia Brasil, was the winner of the 2018 Christophe Mérieux Prize, offered by the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux...
Data de publicação: 22/06/2017 - 16:24
Held from May 22 to May 31, the 70th World Health Assembly, which elected an African as the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time, had an active participation of Fiocruz in several forums and meetings, discussing and promoting its understanding of global health. The zika virus infection, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), access to vaccines and medicines, advances in the conduction of the 2030 Agenda, and...
Data de publicação: 25/05/2017 - 12:40
The Fiocruz Pernambuco researcher Celina Turchi was selected as one of the one hundred most influent persons in the world by Time magazine for her work organizing a task force to fight the zika virus. The traditional list of one hundred personalities is selected annually and includes names from all society areas, from public authorities to the arts, including young entrepreneurs and religious leaders. The...
Data de publicação: 31/01/2019 - 16:07
Since 2014, great chikungunya and zika fever epidemics have ravaged Brazil and other countries in the Americas, being added to dengue fever to compose a group of mosquito-transmitted febrile diseases that represent an emerging urban public health issue: the arboviroses. Thus, the correct clinical differentiation of each one of those diseases has become even more difficult. Furthermore, a simultaneous infection (coinfection) by more than one...
Data de publicação: 30/03/2020 - 11:09
Articles on the new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) can be published in just 24 hours in the journal Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, one of the oldest and most respected scientific journals in Latin America.
Considering the importance of rapid data sharing during the pandemic, the journal provided an express way for the dissemination of research. Already used for work on Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever and Ebola, the Fast Track system...
Data de publicação: 18/02/2019 - 10:48
A new study confirms the World Mosquito Program’s (WMP) Wolbachia method limits transmission of the yellow fever virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, reducing the threat of urban outbreaks of the disease. Following this research, the WMP’s method has now been demonstrated to be effective against four mosquito-borne diseases including dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
Published on Gates Open Research, the study...
Data de publicação: 26/03/2019 - 10:47
More than a political and economic crisis, Venezuela is facing other problems that have an impact, not only in the country, but also in the public health of neighboring countries, especially regarding vector-borne diseases.
In Brazil, an increase in imported cases of malaria from Venezuela has already been seen, rising from 1,538 (in 2014) to 3,129 (in 2017). In addition to malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, among others...