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Topic: Microcephaly

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over With Drop In Cases Of Mosquito-Borne Virus

Brazil has lifted its public health emergency over the mosquito-borne illness Zika virus. This occurs 18 months after its worst outbreak, which causes severe birth defects like microcephaly in newborns.

Public Health May 12, 2017

Zika Poses Higher Risk Of Birth Defects In US Than Previously Estimated

A CDC study has found that one in every 10 pregnant women infected by Zika virus gives birth to babies with birth defects. Researchers have recommended CT scans for babies infected with Zika to check for underlying abnormalities.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Sperm Donations In Florida May Contain Zika: Here's What Affected Counties Should Do

The CDC has warned the potential presence of Zika virus in sperm donations in three Florida counties. Donated semen can be stored frozen for certain periods of time and does not necessarily inactivate the Zika virus.

Public Health March 14, 2017

FDA Recommends Zika Virus Testing For All Donated Blood, Blood Components In US Territories

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended nationwide screening for Zika virus in all the donated blood and blood components. FDA revised the guidance issued earlier in February considering the risk of travel-related infections through blood components.

Public Health August 27, 2016

New Images Show Zika Virus' Devastating Impact On Infant Brains

Researchers have released new images of the devastation that the Zika virus can produce on the brain of babies. The pictures show that the virus can severely damage parts of the brain that are crucial for human emotion and thinking.

Public Health August 23, 2016

First Zika-Related Microcephaly Birth In Europe Seen In Spain

Spain records first microcephaly birth related to the Zika virus. Doctors at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona say the baby's status is 'normal and stable' and the mother is doing well after giving birth via C-section.

Public Health July 26, 2016

Is Zika Infection Causing More Women To Get Illegal Abortions?

Abortion requests in countries with local Zika transmissions increased significantly. Is the global epidemic causing more women to get abortions in countries with banned or restricted access to abortions?

Public Health June 23, 2016

Six Babies, Fetuses In US Suffer Birth Defects Linked To Zika Virus

Birth defects of six babies and fetuses in the U.S. are linked to the Zika virus. Three infants were born with either microcephaly or brain damage, while three women lost their babies due to stillbirth, miscarriage or pregnancy termination.

Public Health June 17, 2016

Woman With Zika Delivers Baby With Microcephaly In New Jersey Hospital

A woman from Honduras who is infected with Zika delivered a baby with birth defects linked to the virus. The premature baby was born with severe microcephaly as well as visual and intestinal problems.

Public Health June 1, 2016

Health Authorities Estimate Risk Of Microcephaly From Zika Virus At 1 Percent To 13 Percent

Pregnant women infected with Zika virus during the first trimester will have children who are up to 13 percent at risk of developing birth defects, health officials reported. There is indeed a clear link between Zika virus and microcephaly.

Public Health May 27, 2016

Puerto Rico Reports First Case Of Microcephaly Related To Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus

The first case of microcephaly in Puerto Rico related to Zika virus has been reported. The U.S. government plans to extend their support to help curb the spread of the mosquito-borne infection.

Public Health May 15, 2016

This Is How Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Damages The Brain

Three new studies offer evidence that the Zika virus can reach and damage brain cells in the fetus of pregnant mice, supporting earlier proof of how Zika causes birth defects.

Public Health May 12, 2016

Pregnant Teen Infected With Zika Wants To Keep Baby

A pregnant teen with Zika virus chose to keep her baby despite the risks of birth defects. The teen from Connecticut said the baby is a miracle and that she would not go into abortion.

May 9, 2016

Another Reason To Fear Zika: Mosquito-Borne Virus Mutates Quickly

The dreaded Zika virus may have mutated rapidly that is why it has caused serious complications that were not seen in past outbreaks. The researchers have found that there is a line between the virus found in Africa and the strain first seen in Asia, where the strain causing microcephaly originated.

LIFE April 17, 2016

CDC Confirms Zika Causes Microcephaly And Other Severe Fetal Abnormalities

Mosquito-borne Zika virus indeed causes microcephaly and other birth defects. CDC researchers confirmed the link in a new analysis published on April 13.

LIFE April 15, 2016

Brain Scans Of Babies With Microcephaly Suggest Zika Disrupts Development

Researchers obtained CT scan images of microcephalic babies born to mothers exposed to Zika virus during pregnancy. The brain scans show that Zika virus may cause disruption in brain development, rather than the destruction of brain cells.

LIFE April 7, 2016

Zika Virus And Neurological Problems: Mystery Link Between The Two Continues To Deepen

The mystery link between Zika virus and neurological disorders continues to deepen with every new report collated from all over the world. Although not yet completely proven, microcephaly and Guillain Barre syndrome have become the most common possible neurological disorders associated with the virus.

LIFE April 6, 2016

WHO Sees Scientific Consensus On Zika Link To Microcephaly, Neurological Disorders

The link between Zika virus and microcephaly and other neurological disorders has reached a strong scientific consensus, according to the World Health Organization. These neurological disorders include the Guillain-Barre Syndrome that can cause temporary paralysis.

LIFE April 1, 2016

Microcephaly Cases In Brazil Rise To 5,235

Microcephaly is supposedly a rare condition, but the number of confirmed and suspected cases in Brazil is now 5,235. Zika virus is strongly linked to this surge in birth defects.

LIFE March 31, 2016

Ultrasound May Not Detect Microcephaly In Pregnant Zika Patients

Ultrasounds during the first two weeks of pregnancy may not be effective in detecting fetal brain damage in pregnant women with Zika, a new report has revealed. Researchers warn physicians to exercise caution during diagnosis.

LIFE March 31, 2016

Chile Reports First Case Of Sexually Transmitted Zika

Chile reports the country's first case of Zika transmitted through sexual intercourse. The recent case, in a woman, was said to be acquired from her partner, who was infected by the virus while in Haiti.

LIFE March 29, 2016

WHO: Pregnant Women Should Not Travel To Areas Of Ongoing Zika Virus Outbreaks

The World Health Organization advised pregnant women to stay away from Zika-affected areas. The recommendation is part of the second meeting of an Emergency Committee, which discovered more and more reports linking Zika virus and serious complications.

LIFE March 9, 2016

Zika Virus Linked To Fetal Death, Brain Calcification And Other Serious Birth Defects

A preliminary report says that other than microcephaly, developing babies are at higher risk of other grave health problems linked to Zika virus infection. These include fetal death, brain calcification and nervous system injury.

LIFE March 7, 2016

How Zika Causes Microcephaly: Virus Destroys Cells Crucial To Fetal Brain Development

The dreaded Zika virus that has been linked to microcephaly is spreading. Scientists in the United States may have the answer to the mechanism on how the virus leads to this birth defect.

LIFE March 5, 2016

US Now Has 147 Cases Of Zika Virus: CDC

There are now 147 confirmed Zika virus cases in the United States, excluding 117 more in Puerto Rico that did not make it to CDC's official count. The FDA has also granted emergency use of a new blood test to detect the virus.

LIFE February 27, 2016

More Than One-Third Of Americans Believe Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes Spread Zika Virus

A biotechnology firm released genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil three years ago and these are blamed for the spread of Zika virus. In a new survey, more than one-third of Americans think this conspiracy theory is true.

LIFE February 23, 2016

Brazil, US Probe Potential Link Between Zika Virus And Microcephaly

Has the Zika virus been proven to be responsible for a rash of birth defects in Brazil? Teams of medical researchers from that nation and the United States are striving to find the answer to that question.

LIFE February 20, 2016

Clearing The Air: Monsanto Breaks Silence On Zika Virus, Microcephaly And Sumitomo Larvicide

Amid allegations about Monsanto's link to a toxic larvicide that is believed to be the cause of Brazil's microcephaly outbreak, the biotech company spoke out on Monday to clear up 'rumors and misinformation.' Monsanto says it has no connection whatsoever to the Zika virus or microcephaly.

Public Health February 16, 2016

Larvicide Manufactured By Sumitomo, Not Zika Virus, True Cause Of Brazil's Microcephaly Outbreak: Doctors

A group of Argentine physicians claim that the sudden microcephaly outbreak in Brazil was not driven by the Zika virus, but by a larvicide injected into the country's water supplies.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 14, 2016

Zika Link To Birth Defects Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome Could Be Confirmed Within Weeks: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the link between Zika virus and two neurological diseases could be confirmed within weeks. This followed the sudden increase of microcephaly cases among infants born to mothers infected with the virus.

LIFE February 13, 2016

Zika Virus Found In Fetal Brain Offers More Clues To Microcephaly Connection

The genome sequence of the Zika virus has been successfully obtained by researchers in Slovenia from a fetal brain with microcephaly. Their findings further strengthened the link between the virus and babies born with small heads.

LIFE February 11, 2016

Vision-Threatening Eye Problems In Babies With Microcephaly Linked To Zika Virus

Zika virus may also play a role in vision-threatening problems of infected infants born with microcephaly. Researchers now recommend babies with microcephaly in epidemic regions to undergo routine eye testings.

LIFE February 10, 2016

President Obama To Ask Congress For $1.8B To Fight Zika Virus

The White House announced it will ask Congress for funding to help monitor, control, prevent and treat the mosquito-borne Zika virus domestically and internationally.

LIFE February 8, 2016

Zika Virus Around For Decades, But Why Is Microcephaly Only Showing Up Now?

The Zika Virus has been around for 69 years but health experts only agreed that it may be linked to microcephaly Monday. What is microcephaly and why is the virus suddenly a high-level threat just by being associated with it?

LIFE February 3, 2016

WHO Declares Zika An International Emergency

Experts agree that the "strongly suspected" link between the virus and a severe birth defect suggests a causal link.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 1, 2016

UK Confirms Three New Cases Of Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus

Public Health England confirmed three new cases of Zika infection among travelers. The agency did not provide further details about the new cases but said that the virus does not occur naturally in the UK.

LIFE January 25, 2016

This Is What Could Happen If Zika Virus Spreads In The US

Experts said that it is just a matter of time before the mosquito-borne Zika virus arrives in the U.S. Here's what could happen once an outbreak occurs.

LIFE January 24, 2016

Brazil Government To Fund Development Of Zika Virus Vaccine

Brazil is funding a biomedical research center to develop a vaccine that can protect against Zika virus. The mosquito-borne infection that causes microcephaly in newborns currently has no available vaccine and treatment.

LIFE January 19, 2016

Zika Virus: Why Pregnant Women Should Listen To CDC Travel Alert

The CDC issued a travel advisory against 14 Caribbean and Latin American countries and territories affected by the Zika virus outbreak. Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to these areas as they and their unborn child are at high risk.

LIFE January 18, 2016

CDC Warns Pregnant Women To Delay Travel To 14 Countries Amid Zika Virus Fears

The CDC has issued a health advisory for pregnant women against traveling to 14 countries in the Americas to avoid the Zika virus. Learn about the health agency's recommendations to avoid being infected with this mosquito-borne virus.

LIFE January 16, 2016

Health Officials Mull On Warning Pregnant Women Against Travel To Countries With Zika Virus

Health officials may issue a warning to pregnant women traveling to countries struck with the Zika virus. The United States' first case was recorded from a traveler who visited Latin America.

LIFE January 15, 2016

How Travel And Sex Make US Vulnerable To Mosquito-Borne Zika That Causes Birth Defects

Zika virus was found in returning U.S. travelers who took trips to infected regions including Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia and El Salvador. Cases of transfusion-associated and sexually-transmitted Zika cases were also reported, making travel and sexual activities high risk activities for vacationing Americans.

LIFE January 5, 2016

Mosquito-Borne Virus Causes Surge Of Malformed Infants In Brazil: Other Causes Of Birth Defects In Babies

An unprecedented spike in the number of infants born with brain damage has raised the alarm for Brazilian health officials. The health crisis is believed to be caused by the Zika virus in the country.

LIFE January 3, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About Zika Virus: Facts, Signs, Symptoms And Treatment

After Puerto Rico confirmed its first locally-acquired Zika infection, the CDC warned tourists visiting the island and other affected areas about the dangers of the mosquito-borne disease. Read on to learn what you need to know about this infectious disease.

LIFE January 2, 2016

Brazil Urges Couples To Hold Off Pregnancy Due To Spreading Mosquito-Borne Virus

Couples in Brazil are encouraged to hold off pregnancy plans due to a surge in the mosquito-borne virus Zika. The virus has been linked to the rise of newborn microcephaly, a neurological condition that can lead to incomplete brain development and even infant death.

LIFE December 24, 2015

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