December 8, 2016
People who have recovered from Zika infection have anti-Zika antibodies in their blood. A team of researchers led by Dr. James Crowe of Vanderbilt University
and Dr. Michael Diamond of Washington University School of Medicine in
St. Louis obtained blood samples from 8 such people. Their goal was to isolate antibodies that could neutralize Zika viruses. This human-derived antibody protected pregnant mice and their developing fetuses from Zika infection. The study was funded in part by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).