Sarah George, M.D., Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, is PI on a clinical trial to test a Zika virus vaccine. The trial will be conducted at the Center for Vaccine Development at SLU in partnership with a research site in Puerto Rico.
Zika is a flavivirus spread by the Aedes mosquito, but can be transmitted sexually as well. Babies born to women who contracted the virus during pregnancy are often born with complications, including microcephaly and vision deficits. Developing a vaccine that can be given early in life could help protect future generations from the devastating effects of this virus.
For more information, read the full article in Newslink.
For an update on the clinical trial for the ZPIV investigational vaccine, see the November story in Newslink.