Thursday, 11 February 2016

Zika Virus Patent

The Zika Virus is a relative of Dengue (Dengue Fever) "Flavivirus" family of viral infections typically prevalent in the African and South American sub-continents (tropics, equatorial, sub-equatorial climates). Patents for the treatment of related viral infections include Zika (Google Patent search oldest entry dates to 1987/88), however there appears to be no Patent application or assignment for the Zika Virus itself, only an original depository of Zika with the ATCC (American Type Culture Collection).

  • Name of Depositor: J. Casals, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Source: Blood from experimental forest sentinel rhesus monkey, Uganda, 1947
  • Year of Origin: 1947
  • References: Dick GW, Kitchen SF, and Haddow AJ. Zika Virus. I. Isolations and Serological Specificity. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 46: 509-520, 1952. PubMed: 12995440

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