Is there a vaccine for Zika virus?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Bhagyashri D Navalkele, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Currently, no prophylactic treatment or vaccine is available for the prevention of Zika virus infection, although phase I human trials of the Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) vaccine have begun. [28]  

In an effort to combat the spread of Zika virus infection in the Americas, the White House recently released a statement requesting $1.8 billion in emergency funding to implement measures for vector control and vaccine development. [29] In preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic games being hosted by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016, the Brazilian Health Ministry has launched a “Zika Zero” campaign, which aims to raise public awareness for vector control and eradication of mosquito breeding grounds to protect local and international tourists and athletes from Zika virus infection.


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