Like Zika, West Nile virus causes fetal brain damage, death in mice

Published: 31/01/2018
Like Zika, West Nile virus causes fetal brain damage, death in mice
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Two viruses closely related to Zika -- West Nile and Powassan -- can spread from an infected pregnant mouse to her fetuses, causing brain damage and fetal death, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings suggest that Zika may not be unique in its ability to cause miscarriages and birth defects.

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