Global health R&D at work in Hawaii
Researchers at the University of Hawaii are studying the Zika virus to unlock new approaches and treatments to prevent the virus from being transmitted from pregnant mother to fetus. They want to understand how Zika is transmitted to the fetus and how infection can impair infants, causing developmental delays and physical disorders. They are also examining whether the timing of infection during pregnancy affects the damage it causes. Hawaii is particularly at risk for transmission of Zika due to its favorable climate and numerous visitors from all over the world, including from countries where Zika is widespread. Several cases of Zika have been reported in the state. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Zika virus research is important to the health and economy of Hawaii.