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Infections with the Zika virus often take such a mild course that the persons don’t notice that they are infected. If, however, pregnant women are affected the virus can cause severe child malformations. In these cases, a reliable diagnosis is of utmost importance.
A widespread method to detect an ongoing or past infection is based on the detection of serum antibodies directed to the virus. Together with our cooperation partners, we have found that the overall quite reliable test for Zika antibodies may be impaired by other infections such as malaria, occasionally causing false-positive results. Such mistakes would be disastrous if, in pregnant women, they would lead to unnecessary abortions.
Norbert Schwarz, Eva Mertens, Doris Winter, Oumou Maiga-Ascofare, Denise Dekker, Stefanie Jansen, Dennis Tappe, Jürgen May, Jonas Schmidt- Chanasit and external cooperation partners (see publication)