|Why is Zika so Dangerous for Pregnant Women?
Many people know that Zika during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born with serious birth defects.
A recent study published in
found that Zika virus may "trick" a pregnant woman's immune system. Normally, a person's immune system can protect against foreign invaders such as bacteria or viruses. When a woman is pregnant, her immune system is suppressed; otherwise, her immune system could attack the fetus as "foreign." Unfortunately, this also means that pregnant women may be more vulnerable to viruses.
The study found that Zika can weaken a pregnant woman's immune system even further. It can also "trick" the immune system and make it appear as though the body is recovering from infection - all while the virus, in reality, continues to spread.
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