The senators warned that reducing funding for Ebola research and treatment to address the Zika virus would compromise public health infrastructures and increase health risks worldwide.
"In summary, we believe that our findings provide further support for a link between maternal Zika infection and fetal and placental abnormalities that is not unlike that of other viruses that are known to cause congenital infections", the study said.
This is the first confirmed case of Zika virus infection reported in a Missouri resident, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said.
The researchers, working in the laboratory, determined the Zika virus selectively infects cells in the brain's cortex, or outer layer, making those cells "more likely to die and less likely to divide normally and make new brain cells", according to a press release from the journal. The case was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Almost 80 percent of people infected with the virus will have no symptoms.
The researchers showed that the Zika virus can infect brain cells, in lab dishes; however, the researchers still don't know if the same thing happens to cells in a developing fetus that is infected with the virus, Song added. Typically, symptoms are mild and include fever, rash, joint soreness and redness of the eyes.
Since the Zika outbreak that started in Brazil last May, more than 5,000 babies have been born with abnormally small heads and the possibility of severe developmental delays.
French scientists, in a retrospective study of a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013-2014, said last week they had proved a link between Zika and Guillain-Barre, suggesting countries hit by the Zika epidemic will see a rise in cases of the serious neurological condition.
The three recent Bay Area Zika infections have been part of the six reported cases within California. The largest number of cases have been in Florida, New York, Texas and California.
Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and 22 Democratic senators today in calling on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund President Obama's $1.9 billion emergency supplemental request to combat the Zika virus, while simultaneously maintaining the United States' efforts to address other global health priorities, including Ebola. However, 107 locally acquired cases have occurred in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Colombia reported its first microcephaly case linked to Zika. Pregnant women in particular have been advised to reconsider or postpone their travel plans to these affected countries. They used lab-grown human stem cells and exposed them to the original Zika virus strain found in Uganda that is nearly a replica of the current strain spread in the outbreak countries.