O’Connor group publishes on Zika-related miscarriages in non-human primates in Nature Medicine

The Zika team from David O’Connor’s laboratory has published an article in Nature Medicine documenting the incidence of miscarriage and stillbirth following Zika virus infection in non-human primates (NHP). Led by Senior Scientist Dawn Dudley, the team coordinated a multisite analysis of pregnant NHP data from six National Primate Research Centers. They found that 26% of NHPs infected with Zika virus in the early term of pregnancy experienced fetal loss, despite not showing any clinical symptoms of infection. Since many human Zika virus infections are asymptomatic, this research suggests that pregnancy loss due to Zika infection may be underreported and more common than previously thought. (by Mariel Mohns, MS)

Link to UW News: https://news.wisc.edu/zika-virus-infection-may-multiply-risk-of-miscarriage-stillbirth/ 

Link to Nature Medicine article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-018-0088-5