#Epidemiological and #clinical suspicion of #congenital #Zika virus #infection: #serological findings in #mothers and #children from #Brazil (J Med Virol., abstract)

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J Med Virol. 2019 May 15. doi: 10.1002/jmv.25504. [Epub ahead of print]

Epidemiological and clinical suspicion of congenital Zika virus infection: serological findings in mothers and children from Brazil.

Venturi G1, Fortuna C1, Alves RM2, Passos do Prado Paschoal AG2, da Silva Júnior PJ3, Remoli ME1, Benedetti E1, Amendola A1, da Silva Batista E3, Gama DVN2, Barros DH3, Fiorentini C1, Rezza G1, Leite Primo Chagas JR2,3.

Author information: 1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy. 2 Pediatric Neurology Service, S. Antonio das Obras Sociais Irmã Dulce Hospital(HSA/OSID), Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. 3 Neurologia Pediátrica, Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS), Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.



The emergence of Zika virus in the Americas has caused an increase of babies born with microcephaly or other neurological malformations. The differential diagnosis of Zika infection, particularly serological diagnosis, is an important but complex issue. In this study, we describe clinical manifestations of 94 suspected cases of congenital Zika from Bahia state, Brazil, and the results of serological tests performed on children and/or their mothers at an average of 71 days after birth. Anti-Zika IgM antibodies were detected in 44.4% and in 7.1% of samples from mothers and children, respectively. Nearly all the IgM, and 92% of IgG positive results were confirmed by neutralization test. Zika specific neutralizing antibodies were detected in as much as 90.4 % of the cases. Moreover, dengue specific neutralizing antibodies were detected in 79.0% of Zika seropositive mothers. In conclusion, Zika IgM negative results should be considered with caution, due to a possible rapid loss of sensitivity after birth, while the NS1-based Zika IgM ELISA test we have used has demonstrated to be highly specific. In a high percentage of cases, Zika specific neutralizing antibodies were detected, which are indicative of a past Zika infection, probably occurred during pregnancy in this population.

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KEYWORDS: Congenital infection; Flavivirus; diagnosis; microcephaly; neutralization test; serological tests

PMID: 31090222 DOI: 10.1002/jmv.25504

Keywords: Zika Virus; Zika  Congenital Infection; Serology; Pregnancy; Brazil.



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I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum (FluTrackers.com) in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.

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