Bringing diagnostics to the field

November 29, 2018 - Diagnosing Zika in the field presents specific challenges as other diseases, such as chikungunya and dengue, present in the same areas, can give a false positive on diagnostic tests. Read more

Featured Publication

Challenges in diagnosing Zika-experiences from a reference laboratory in a non-endemic setting

Van den Bossche et al. – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, January 2019

Diagnosing a patient with Zika infection is not always straightforward. In this article, the authors aim to describe the data collected from December 2015 to December 2017 and discuss the implemented algorithm and diagnostic challenges they encountered.

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Research Focus

NEURO-ZIKA: Neurological Manifestations of Zika

Defining the spectrum of neurological diseases associated with Zika virus (ZIKV) infection, in both the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) of adults and children.

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WEAR: Wearable Aedes Repellent Technologies

To protect pregnant women, novel, wash-in detergent formulations and long-lasting plastic technologies containing repellents for the treatment of clothing and other wearable repellent technologies are being developed using new microencapsulation techniques.

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Investigating Vaccines in Antibody Dependent Enhancement

Identifying the major T-cell epitopes and cross reactive B-cell epitopes on ZIKV and assessing the role of flavivirus antibodies in protective and pathogenic immunity following ZIKV through antibody dependent enhancement (ADE).

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