SMC Taiwan News Briefing: Prior dengue and Japanese encephalitis exposure may offer protection against Zika virus

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Taiwanese researchers have reported the discovery of antibodies that can suppress the Zika virus in Taiwanese people who have been infected with dengue fever and vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis. These findings could help the development of vaccines against viruses like dengue, Zika, and Japanese encephalitis, which belong to the Flavivirus group. The Science Media Center Taiwan will host an online press briefing with Professor Chao to discuss the importance of this research for Taiwan and the global prevention and control of dengue, Zika, and Japanese encephalitis viruses. Attend the SMC briefing and discover how this study impacts global strategies in vaccine development and disease control. Please note the briefing will be held in Mandarin, but you can ask questions and speakers can answer in English.

Journal/conference: Communications Biology

Link to research (DOI): 10.1038/s42003-023-05661-w

Organisation/s: National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan



Funder: This work was partly supported by the Ministry of
Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan (Grant No. MOST-110-2313-B-005-041).

Media release

From: Science Media Center Taiwan

Science Media Center Taiwan News Briefing

UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 18:00 Taiwan Time (GMT+8) Wednesday 24th January 2024

What? Taiwan Study Shows Prior Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis Exposure May Offer Protection Against Zika Virus

When? 09:30 am (GMT+8), Wednesday 24th January 2024

Where? Zoom webinar (details below)

Professor Day-You Chao from the Graduate Institute of Microbiology and Public Health at National Chung Hsing University will publish her latest research in “Communications Biology,” on January 24 at 18:00 Taiwan time.

The study reveals the discovery of antibodies that can suppress the Zika virus in Taiwanese people who have been infected with dengue fever and vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis. These findings could help the development of vaccines against viruses like dengue, Zika, and Japanese encephalitis, which belong to the Flavivirus group.

The Science Media Center Taiwan invites Professor Chao to an online press briefing to discuss the importance of this research for Taiwan and the global prevention and control of dengue, Zika, and Japanese encephalitis viruses. Attend the SMC briefing and discover how this study impacts global strategies in vaccine development and disease control.

Speakers will include:

Professor Chao, Day-Yu(趙黛瑜), Graduate Institute of Microbiology and Public Health

Notice:

For international journalists:

  • Alternatively, if the briefing time is not convenient for you, we can help you arrange an interview with Professor Chao.

  • If you need the briefing deck, please contact SMC Taiwan.

Please note that this is an on-record briefing for the specialist journalists on our press lists – but it isn’t a public event and we’re not allowing live-streaming. Please do not share the registration details publicly, and please check with us before forwarding to colleagues not on our lists.

For further information regarding the content of the briefing, please email [email protected].

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