“Dr. Ken Tyler, a neurologist with the University of Colorado Hospital and department chair of Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is part of a team doing research on mice using the Zika virus.” reports 9 NEWS in Colorado.
“’Zika can affect the nervous system of newborn mice and interestingly as mice get older they seem to get less susceptible to infection both in our hands in others,’ Tyler said. ‘So there does seem to be this window of vulnerability, especially strong during pregnancy.’
“That’s the major concern supporting more funding research. Doctors and scientists need to learn more about how the Zika virus is transmitted from a pregnant mother to the placenta and into a fetus. Newborns with infected mothers are often born with microcephaly, a condition in which they’re born with abnormally small heads and therefore small brains.”