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The study, published in the journal Science, also provides evidence that Brazil's Zika epidemic has largely petered out because enough people acquired immunity to reduce the efficiency of transmission
A strong global initiative to battle Zika has produced more than 30 vaccine candidates since outbreaks in 2015-2016 in Brazil linked the infection in some pregnant women to severe birth defects.
The ICMR will undertake a phase-II trial of the vaccine to establish its efficacy and safety along with its side effects, if any.
ICMR-NIV, Pune has sequenced five Zika virus strains collected at different time points of the Jaipur outbreak.
Rajasthan Health Department has said mosquito fogging has been done in affected areas on a regular basis in Shashtri Nagar area of Jaipur, where the first case of Zika virus came to light.
While the rest of the country has had only four Zika cases, Jaipur has had more than ten times that many cases.
Fogging has also been done in the affected area to prevent the spread of virus.
A seven-member high-level central team is in Jaipur to assist the state government in control and containment measures and a control room has been activated at the NCDC.
In the wake of seven confirmed cases of Zika reported from Jaipur, the health department is stepping up surveillance to check its spread in Karnataka.
The Zika virus, which causes paralysis in some cases and birth defects in children born to pregnant women affected by it, is an emerging disease currently being reported by 86 countries worldwide.
Macrophages are immune cells that are supposed to protect the body from infection by viruses and bacteria. Yet Zika virus preferentially infects these cells.