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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Researchers estimate that as many as 2.6 billion people in Asian and African countries are at risk of Zika outbreaks. This is based on an analysis of travel, climate and mosquito patterns related to ongoing transmissions of the virus.
Public Health September 2, 2016
About 2.5 million bees were killed by aerial spraying of insecticide in Dorchester County. The chemical was sprayed to kill mosquitoes in the locality after four Zika virus cases were confirmed in the state.
Earth/Environment September 2, 2016
Researchers from the Pan American Health Organization have found a strong connection between the Zika outbreaks and increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome. In some Zika-affected countries, rates of temporarily paralyzed patients rose by as much as 877 percent.
Public Health September 1, 2016
Singapore has 82 locally-transmitted Zika cases — nearly twice the number of the U.S., despite only having a mere fraction of the population.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 31, 2016
What happens when the CDC runs out on funds? It will no longer be able to support efforts to fight Zika, like tests carried out in Miami Beach in the wake of an outbreak in Florida.
Public Health August 31, 2016
Several countries have issued warnings to their citizens regarding traveling to Singapore, where a recent outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported. Expectant mothers are advised to take all necessary precautions to avoid contracting the infection.
Public Health August 30, 2016
Adult female mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus to their offspring in their eggs. Experts said this makes it more difficult to eliminate Zika, which is known to cause serious birth defects.
Public Health August 30, 2016
Researchers have identified three existing drug compounds that can target the Zika virus. These drugs were shown to be able to prevent the infection from replicating itself and killing brain cells during lab tests.
Public Health August 30, 2016
Microcephaly is one of the brain defects prominently associated with the Zika virus. With Roche’s LightMix test, it will only take 2.5 hours to analyze up to 96 samples, helping speed up detection of the virus.
Public Health August 29, 2016
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
Despite being known to affect the brain development of unborn children, the Zika virus has been found to damage the brain of adult individuals as well. The infection attacks a particular group of cells responsible for memory and learning.
Public Health August 22, 2016