Antibodies formed against Dengue from a previous infection act like Trojan horses for the current Dengue virus of a different serotype. They cannot neutralize the current infection, and instead, facilitate the entry into monocytes, where the DNA replicative mechanism gets hijacked to multiply the viruses. This phenomenon is called "Antibody-Dependent Enhancement".
Dengue viral infections can result in a variety of symptoms. How does the body respond when it is infected with dengue? What factors put some people at a greater risk of severe dengue illnesses than other people?
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne Flavivirus related to dengue that is rapidly spreading through the Americas. This outbreak is occurring in dengue-endemic areas where the population has…
The newly licensed dengue vaccine could lead to an increase in cases of the disease if not implemented correctly, warn experts in a new study.