Preventing Zika from harming unborn children

Portrait of Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

With a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, infectious disease scientist Mukesh Kumar, of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), will investigate the Zika virus in pregnant women. His goal is to develop strategies to prevent transmission of the disease to the fetus.

“We want to understand how the Zika virus is transmitted to the fetus, how the virus affects pregnancies and how Zika infection can impair infants, causing developmental delays and physical disorders,” said Kumar, an assistant professor with the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa JABSOM Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology. He also will examine whether the timing of Zika virus infection during pregnancy affects the ability of the virus to cause fetal developmental abnormalities.

Kumar’s study builds upon his recent discovery that guinea pigs are susceptible to infection by a recent American strain of the Zika…

Original published: 2017-09-20 01:58:26 Read the full Hawaii News here

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