Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:26 AM

WHAT THE HARD LESSONS OF RUBELLA TEACH US ABOUT A ZIKA VACCINE

Imagine that you are pregnant, unexpectedly. You are terrified, but not because you dont want a baby. You are in fact, happily married, and you have been intending to start a family soon. Rather, you are terrified because an epidemic of a viral disease is raging around you. It is a disease that is often so mild that people arent aware that they have it. But when it infects a woman early in her pregnancy, it devastates the fetus, shrinking its head and addling its brain. There is no effective treatment and there is no vaccine.

I am not describing the plight of a pregnant woman[1] in northeastern Brazil[2], or that of a worried woman from Oregon or Omaha returning from a honeymoon in Puerto Rico[3]. I am not talking about the Zika virus that, as of February 2, has led to the births of at least 2,656 infants with brain damage in ...

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