New Monoclonal Antibodies to Zika virus

Posted: 10/07/2016

ViroStat has just released a set of new monoclonal antibodies to the NS1 protein of Zika virus. These new antibodies do not cross react with the related Flaviviruses tested as well as Chikungunya virus. They function in IFA and pair in ELISA Zika virus is a mosquito-borne Flavivirus. It is usually a mild, self-limiting infection of short duration resulting in fever and a rash. The symptoms are similar to those caused by Dengue virus and Chikungunya virus. However recent cases during pregnancy have resulted in fetal neurological complications with resulting birth defects. There is also evidence that the virus can be transmitted sexually.