Oral Antibiotic Treatment of Mice Exacerbates the Disease Severity of Multiple Flavivirus Infectionsby Thackray LB et al.
Treatment with antibiotics depletes the gut microbiota in mice, making them more susceptible to infection by dengue, zika and west nile virus.
The Zika virus appears to have emerged from nowhere, causing widespread health concerns throughout the world after decades of relative silence.
The Zika virus is another wild card dealt to us by nature. It was first discovered in 1947.
With Zika infection rates now seeming to be on the increase, the Oxford Science Blog talked to Professor Lang about why it is so important to develop capacity for doing research in places where research doesn't normally happen.
Trudie Lang, Professor of Global Health at Oxford University and Head of The Global Health Network, and virologist Professor Jonathan Ball from Nottingham University discuss what we know so far.