By Simon DenyerA new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University has found that keeping a healthy body temperature during a Zika infection can help prevent an early, serious, and potentially fatal infection.
Researchers found that people who had been infected with the virus before they got sick experienced higher body temperature levels than people who hadn’t been infected.
The study is part of a new National Institutes of Health study exploring how the Zika-associated viral infections might affect the body’s immune system.
The researchers looked at temperature levels in the blood of more than 10,000 people who’d been infected by Zika during the first three months of the virus’s life cycle.
This was to better understand the effects of the viral infection on the immune system, as well as how the body might react to infection.
The team then compared this data with temperature readings during two different periods of the infection.
During the first period, people who were infected before they had a fever, and during the second period, the people who weren’t infected before infection.
In the first study, the researchers looked for changes in blood pressure, which could help people with other conditions.
In the second, they looked at changes in body temperature, which might be associated with the development of inflammation.
The findings showed that those who had had Zika prior to infection had lower body temperature readings, which suggested that the virus was changing the way their bodies were responding to infection, and that this could affect the immune response to the virus.
“We saw that people with the lowest body temperature were more likely to have a more severe response to infection than people with normal temperature,” Dr. Richard Prentice, a co-author of the study, said in a press release.
This may explain why people who are more susceptible to Zika infection tend to be more ill with other complications.
This may also explain why it can be so hard to stop a virus that has been linked to birth defects.
“This may be part of the reason why we’re seeing so much more severe cases of microcephaly and other birth defects,” said Dr. Rima Asimov, director of the division of infectious diseases at the National Institutes in Bethesda, Maryland.
The new study suggests that maintaining healthy body temperatures may also be helpful in preventing other conditions, such as asthma and diabetes.
The first step in treating a viral infection, however, is to prevent the virus from entering the body.
So far, there have been no studies to prove this can be done, but Dr. Asimov says it could be done.
“I think we have a very strong signal in the literature that we can prevent the infection from entering a host and getting into the blood and then infecting other tissues,” she said.
The best way to prevent a viral virus from invading your body is to stay away from infected people, Dr. Prentice added.
You can do this by avoiding direct contact with infected people and avoiding touching the area around the eyes and mouth, where there is a higher chance of getting a virus.
If you do get infected, keep an eye out for symptoms, including fever, headache, and a rash that can last up to six weeks.
People with weakened immune systems, such anemia, or a low red blood cell count are more likely than those with normal blood count to develop Zika-related complications.
The study also found that the risk of developing a viral disease related to Zika is higher for people who also have compromised immune systems.
Dr. Asymimov says that keeping body temperature within a healthy range can also help prevent other infections, including other viral infections.
“In general, keeping a consistent temperature and not getting colds or fevers or getting infections that aren’t associated with infection, especially viral infections, is very important,” she added.
The Zika virus is not known to cause birth defects, so it is not yet clear whether people with Zika infection will develop these conditions.
Dr. Michael S. Smith, director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says there is no reason to believe Zika is causing birth defects in pregnant women.
The CDC has released a brief overview of the findings of the new study.