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US ties 4 Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes

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Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

Investigators have determined ‘a high likelihood exists’ that 4 suspected non-travel cases in Miami-Dade and Broward County ‘are the result of local transmission’

MIAMI, USA (July 30, 2016) — Four cases of Zika virus in Florida are likely the first to be transmitted locally by mosquitoes in the United States, officials said Friday, July 29, marking a new phase in the fast-growing pandemic.  Continue reading US ties 4 Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes

Continental US records first Zika-related death

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ZIKA VIRUS. A file photograph showing a mosquito ‘Aedes aegypti’, that transmit the Zika virus, in a laboratory in San Salvador, El Salvador, on February 7, 2016. File photo by Oscar Rivera/EPA

Health officials say the elderly victim, who had an underlying health condition, died in late June after traveling to a country where the mosquito-transmitted virus is active

LOS ANGELES, USA (July 10, 2016) — A Utah resident infected with the Zika virus has died, becoming the first Zika-related fatality in the continental United States, officials said Friday, July 8.  Continue reading Continental US records first Zika-related death

First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico

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FIRST. In this file photo, Ana Rius, the Secretary of the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, speaks during a news conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 28, 2016. Rius is quoted as saying the first Zika-related death on US soil involves a 70-year-old patient who died at the end of February. File photo by Jorge Muniz/EPA

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned of a potential explosion of Zika cases in Puerto Rico, possibly reaching into the hundreds of thousands

MIAMI, USA (Apr. 31, 2016) — The first Zika-related death on US soil was reported Friday, April 29, in Puerto Rico, raising new concerns about the dangers of the mosquito-borne virus. Continue reading First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico

US resident who visited PH tests positive for Zika

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ZIKA THREAT. The World Health Organization recently declared the virus a global health emergency.
Health Secretary Janette Garin assures the public that there is no cause for alarm as there is no epidemic

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 7, 2016) — A resident of the United States tested positive for the Zika virus after spending 4 weeks in the Philippines in January 2016, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Sunday, March 6.

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US says increased Zika border screening ineffective

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ZIKA VIRUS. An employee of the municipality of Chacao fumigates the hall of a school during efforts to prevent the possible spread of the Zika virus in the country, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 5, 2016. File photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA
‘Most people who are infected with Zika are asymptomatic and therefore could not be identified during the screening process,’ says the Department of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Feb. 12, 2016) — The United States will not specifically screen those entering the country for the Zika virus because so many of those infected do not have symptoms, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday, February 11.

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Zika virus ‘spreading explosively’

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FIGHTING THE ZIKA VIRUS. China’s Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks about the Information Session on Zika virus for WHO Member States, during the 138th WHO Executive Board session, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 28, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA
WHO chief Margaret Chan calls for an emergency meeting on February 1 on the outbreak of the virus, which is blamed for the birth defect microcephaly

GENEVA, Switzerland (Jan. 30, 2016) — The Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and the region may see up to 4 million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the World Health Organization warned Thursday, January 28.

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Fast Facts on Zika virus

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CULPRIT. A handout picture provided by office of the Mexican Secretary of Health shows a mosquito trap in Mexico City, Mexico, January 21, 2016. Office of the Mexican Secretary of Health/Handout/EPA
The world’s latest health scare is a seemingly minor illness that carries a killer wrapped inside

PARIS, France (Jan. 25, 2016) — The world’s latest health scare is a seemingly minor illness that carries a killer wrapped inside: Zika, the mosquito-borne virus sweeping Latin America, usually lasts less than a week, except when it derails a whole life.

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