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WHO Confirms 3 Cases Of Zika In India

WHO confirmed reports of three separate cases of Zika virus disease in Gujarat State in India. Several agencies are currently working to prevent an outbreak of the disease.

Public Health

Zika Virus Was Present In Several Countries Months Before The Infections Were Detected

A new study revealed that the Zika virus spread undetected in the Americas for a year before health authorities detected the outbreak. The Zika virus genome sequencing method helped detect the disease’s spread.

Public Health May 25, 2017

Zika Virus Carrying Mosquito Can Also Transmit Chikungunya And Dengue In One Bite

Researchers discovered that Aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for transmitting Zika virus, can also infect people with dengue and chikungunya in one bite. However, scientists claimed that infection with three diseases through a single bite may be rare.

Public Health May 21, 2017

Can Zika Help Treat Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer?

Zika is no longer a global health emergency but can it be turned into a remedy? Researchers from the UK plan to test the possibility of using Zika virus to treat glioblastoma.

Feature | Health May 20, 2017

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

US States Ramp Up Efforts To Fight Zika, Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses As Warm Weather Approaches

As warm weather makes its way to the United States, the threat of Zika virus is revived anew, and states are gearing up for battle. Various states, for instance, are now acting against the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Public Health May 2, 2017

Florida Unleashes Thousands Of Experimental Zika-Fight Mosquitoes

Thousands of experimental male mosquitoes were released in Florida Keys as an attempt to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, the disease responsible for serious birth defects. Should the trial be successful, it could be implemented nationwide.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Meet Another Zika Carrier, A Common Backyard Mosquito

Apart from Zika’s main carrier, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus is the second mosquito species that could potentially transmit the disease. Although this species is not yet a confirmed Zika mosquito vector, Ae. albopictus has been found to carry Zika virus RNA.

Public Health April 17, 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

Miami Construction Boom Brings Back Zika Virus Worries

Mosquito control inspectors warn construction sites in Miami-Dade still pose a threat for the transmission of the Zika virus. County officials met on Monday, April 3, to discuss Zika preventive measures that reduce these sites’s role in virus reemergence.

Public Health April 4, 2017

Experimental Zika Vaccine Successfully Moves To Broader Testing

The phase 2 trials of an experimental Zika vaccine have started. The first volunteer received the DNA-based experimental vaccine in Houston, at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Medicine April 1, 2017

Houston Officials Consider Use Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Fight Zika Virus

Officials of Harris County are considering the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat Zika virus and other deadly mosquito-borne diseases. The technology may fill in the gaps in existing methods to contain the spread of all mosquito-borne diseases.

Public Health March 21, 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

Zika Virus: Disease In Canadian Travelers More Common Than Expected

A study was conducted to examine the widespread Zika virus, an infectious mosquito-borne disease. Researchers found that the disease was more common among Canadian travelers than previously expected.

Public Health March 6, 2017

Birth Defect Risk Among Moms With Zika Now 20 Percent Higher Than Before

The CDC has found that birth defect risk among moms with Zika virus is now 20 percent higher than before. Researchers determined the prevalence of different birth defects before the 2015 Zika virus epidemic.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Other Mosquito Species Could End Up Carrying Zika Virus

The Zika virus has become a major public health concern, especially since studies reveal even more species of mosquitoes than previously thought can transmit the disease. Studies identify 26 additional vector species, seven of which occur in the continental United States.

Public Health March 2, 2017

Clinical Trial To Test Mosquito Saliva Vaccine For Malaria, Zika And Dengue Viruses

A Phase 1 clinical trial of an experimental vaccine designed to provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue will involve up to 60 adult participants. How does this AGS-v vaccine work?

Medicine February 22, 2017

Study Uncovers How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Zika leading to microcephaly in babies is one of the reasons the virus is considered a major health threat around the world. Researchers now know how exactly the infection affects fetal brain development.

Public Health February 18, 2017

Zika Tests Repeated Due To US Lab Mistakes, Two Pregnant Women Confirmed Infected

A public health lab in Washington D.C. has made mistakes while testing for the Zika virus in over 400 people. The CDC has retested all the samples, which confirms two pregnant women were infected.

Public Health February 17, 2017

Animal Study Shows New Zika Vaccine Effectively Protects With A Single Dose

Based on mRNAs, a new vaccine candidate against Zika has been shown effective against the virus. According to preclinical results, just one dose of the vaccine offers protective benefit.

Public Health February 3, 2017

Bill Gates Warns Of Potential Damage From Bioterrorism, Dangers Of Epidemics

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates spoke out about the possible threats of bioterrorism and epidemics as a global threat. Gates also called for global unity and investment.

Public Health January 22, 2017

Two New Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Found In Florida: Is Another Zika Underway?

University of Florida researchers discover two new tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes for the first time in their state, warning about the possibility of a new virus and the role of global warming in the arrival of the exotic species.

Public Health January 12, 2017

What Made Zika So Deadly? 7 Proteins May Be To Blame, Say Researchers

Zika caused a public health emergency last year. Now, researchers have identified key proteins that may have been responsible for the virus’ severity, taking them a step closer to mitigating threats Zika still has.

Public Health January 4, 2017

10 Biggest Science Stories Of 2016: California Fault, Historic SpaceX Landing, Zika Virus And More

2016 has seen some amazing scientific discoveries and breakthroughs. With the year now coming to a close, we take a look at some of the biggest science news stories that caught our readers' imagination.

December 31, 2016

Studies Link Eye, Ear Problems To Zika Infections In Adults

Zika virus was associated with vision and hearing impairment, according to two new studies. Only a small number of patients reported the symptoms, which means further investigations will have to be conducted.

Public Health December 10, 2016

Zika Update: Texas Confirms Local Case, Becomes Second US State With The Mosquito Virus Infection

The state of Texas confirms a local case of a woman infected with Zika virus. The statement comes along with a series of instructions from the Texas Department of Health Services.

Public Health November 29, 2016

Scientists Discover Mechanism In Potent Antibody Capable Of Neutralizing Zika Infection

Researchers have uncovered how a potent antibody is able to neutralize the Zika virus and prevent an infection from taking place. The discovery holds potential as a treatment target in the fight against Zika.

Public Health November 26, 2016

‘Shazam For Mosquitoes’ Phone App Designed To Tell Mosquito Types Apart With Ease

A proposed phone app identifies mosquitoes by the sounds they make while flying. Meanwhile, a new solution from Florida involves releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in order to combat the Zika virus spread.

Public Health November 24, 2016

Zika No Longer A Public Health Emergency But Remains A Threat: WHO

The WHO reclassified the Zika virus from a global health emergency to an ongoing threat, described as any disease that is easily spreadable and very dangerous and intrusive. Examples of ongoing threats include malaria.

Public Health November 19, 2016

Mosquitoes Can Infect You With Two Viruses In One Bite: Safe And Natural Ways To Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes can infect humans with chikungunya and Zika virus in just one bite. How do you avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes without using insect repellents?

Public Health November 17, 2016

Study Finds West Nile Virus Can Still Kill Years After Infection

The West Nile Virus infection could be more dangerous than earlier believed, reports a recent study. People who survived the WNV infection initially could die prematurely in succeeding months or years, noted the researchers.

Public Health November 16, 2016

You Can Get Both Zika And Chikungunya Viruses From One Mosquito Bite

New researches related to the Zika virus suggest that mosquitoes could also be carrying both chikungunya and dengue. The manner Zika would interact with the other two viruses in human patients is still unknown.

Public Health November 15, 2016

New Antibody Protects Pregnant Women, Fetuses Against Zika Virus

Researchers in the United States have identified a human antibody that can potentially protect pregnant women and their fetus from Zika virus infection. Experts hope the antiviral can lead to development of effective treatments.

Medicine November 8, 2016

Zika Virus And Pregnancy: Pregnant Miami Woman Gets Infected With Zika, But Doctors Say Her Baby Is Safe

Doctors in Miami are monitoring the medical status of a pregnant woman who tested positive for Zika virus. Despite the infection being detected during the 16th week of pregnancy, the woman's baby seems to be developing normally.

Public Health October 26, 2016

CDC Updates Zika Guidance, Advises Pregnant Women Traveling To, Living In Miami-Dade To Get Tested

CDC updated its travel and testing guidance on Oct. 19 to apply recommendations to all of Miami-Dade County. The region is labeled as yellow, not red, which makes it a cautionary region.

Public Health October 21, 2016

Zika Virus: Miami Beach Plans To Use Bats To Get Rid Of Zika Virus-Infected Mosquitoes

In the fight against the dangers of Zika virus, the officials of Miami Beach have decided to attract a bat population into the area. The pilot project aims at reducing the mosquitoes, since air spraying was inefficient.

Public Health October 18, 2016

How One Virus Stole Deadly Black Widow Spider DNA That Codes For Venom

What could it possibly mean when a bacteria crosses borders and infects a virus that is only found within the arthropod kingdom? A pair of scientists discovered this unusual phenomenon and is continuously studying the results.

Animals October 15, 2016

Don’t Blame The Bromeliads: Growers Decry Zika Transmission In Miami Beach Being Blamed On The Flowering Plant

The Botanical Garden in Miami Beach, Florida was forced to dispose of the bromeliads because the plant's water-trapping leaves make a good breeding habitat for mosquitoe larvae, which is responsible for the rapid spreading of the Zika virus. However, the measure seemed unnecessary to the locals.

Public Health October 4, 2016

Zika Virus Transmission Via Sweat And Tears? It May Be Possible, Warn Experts

Zika virus infection could be acquired by a healthy person from sweat or tears of an infected person. The alarming new report suggests such a possibility if the patient has exponentially high loads of virus in their blood.

Public Health September 30, 2016

CDC Issues Zika Advisory For Pregnant Women Traveling To 11 Southeast Asian Countries

The CDC issued on Thursday a travel advisory for pregnant women traveling to 11 Southeast Asian countries amid the risk of Zika virus infection. Officials say that although local residents may be immune, travelers from the United States may not be.

Public Health September 29, 2016

Wynwood Now Zika-Free: Florida Governor Rick Scott Urges Community Effort To Keep Zika Transmissions At Bay

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Monday, Sept. 19 that Miami’s Wynwood region is free of Zika virus transmission. The governor also urged people to visit Wynwood later this month for the 'Dine Out Wynwood' event to support businesses in the region.

Public Health September 21, 2016

Zika Virus Effects On Adults: Zika Virus Can Damage Brain And Memory, New Evidence Suggests

A nurse who was infected with Zika in the Dominican Republic suffered from neurological problems. Her case provides evidence the mosquito-borne virus can affect the brains of human adults.

Public Health September 13, 2016

Immunity May Protect People In Southeast Asia From Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus

People living in Southeast Asia could probably be immune to Zika virus infection. Exposure to locally transmitted Zika virus strain for more than 50 years might give them the protection from the South American strain.

Public Health September 10, 2016

Zika Virus May Be Spread From Infected Eyes, Suggests Study

Zika is spreading fast and researchers are scrambling to learn more about it. According to a new study, however, the virus can find its way to the eyes, making the windows to the soul a possible infection source.

Public Health September 8, 2016

Takeda Gets $312 Million US Government Funding To Develop Zika Vaccine

Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical is set to receive an initial $20 million funding from the U.S. government to develop a vaccine for Zika. If the vaccine proves successful, the company could receive up to $312 million to manufacture the drug.

Medicine September 2, 2016

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