ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Washington University (WashU) researchers say they’ve tested an antibody treatment in mice that has successfully blocked the transmission of the Zika virus from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

WashU researcher Dr. Indira Mysorekar calls this extremely exciting. The antibody treatment did not allow it to cross over from the mother through the placenta, into the baby.

“So the fetuses were normal and this time we saw no damage to those cells,” Dr. Mysorekar says. “The blood vessels were all in tact and basically the virus could not cross over…”

Mysorekar says researchers hope to conduct human trials within six months or a year. If those go well, within one or two years there could be a fully licensed vaccine.

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