By Leila Gray / UW Medicine
A study has found that one in four nonhuman primates infected with the Zika virus early in pregnancy miscarried, even though the animals showed few signs of infection. The study was conducted by researchers in Wisconsin, Washington, California, Oregon, and Texas
The lead author of the multi-institutional study was Dawn Dudley, Senior Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her collaborators from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle were Kristina Adams Waldorf, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Adjunct Professor of Global Health; Michael Gale Jr., Professor of Immunology, Adjunct Professor of Global Health; and Lakshmi Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health. Charlotte Hotchkiss, a veterinarian at the Washington National Primate Research Center, was also a co-author.
The report on the study,"Miscarriage and stillbirth following maternal Zika virus infection in nonhuman primates," was published today in Nature Medicine.