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UW Medicine make landmark discovery in the fight against Zika Virus

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In your Health Alert tonight. A landmark discovery in the fight against the Zika Virus. Scientists at the University of Washington say they have ‘the nail in the coffin’ – not only proving Zika causes abnormal brain development, but showing just how quickly it can strike, with devastating results.

Researchers at UW Medicine say this study is the first direct proof that Zika does in fact cause fetal brain injury, in some cases within ten days of being infected. And experts say even more people could be unknowingly carrying Zika.

"The mother didn't even get sick…no rash, no signs of a clinical illness,” said Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, UW Medicine. “So there could be many young mothers out there exposed to Zika who might not even know they could be infected."

These scientists say we need a vaccine to prevent Zika, a medicine to treat someone who is already infected, and much more public awareness.

Congress has yet to pass a bill that would pay for Zika research and education.

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