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French research response kicks in as territories report Zika cases

French researchers will maintain a biobank to store biological samples from all pregnant women living in French overseas territories hit by the Zika virus.

The measure is one of six actions outlined by the Research and Action Targeting Emerging Infectious Diseases Consortium, which is coordinating France’s research response to the disease.

The other measures, which were announced in a statement on 4 February, include establishing a study cohort of symptomatic pregnant women in the French West Indies and French Guyana, and committing to “a follow-up of children with central nervous system malformations during the epidemic period”.

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