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Meningitis outbreak death estimate rises to 489 in Nigeria – official

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At least 5 northern states – Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger – and the Federal Capital Territory have been affected by the epidemic over the past 5 months

ABUJA, Nigeria (Apr. 13, 2017) — A Nigerian health official said Wednesday, April 12, that a suspected 489 people have died during the latest meningitis outbreak to hit Nigeria. Continue reading Meningitis outbreak death estimate rises to 489 in Nigeria – official

Irradiated mosquitoes to help zap Zika’s power

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IRRADIATE. Scientists use a radiation to render male mosquitos sterile as a possible technique to combat the Zika virus. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA
Scientists say that by zapping male mosquitoes’ private parts with a radioactive source, they can reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti

SEIBERSDORF, Austria (Feb. 20, 21016) — The atmosphere inside the laboratory on the outskirts of Vienna is literally buzzing with armies of male mosquitoes locked up inside net-covered boxes. Their sole mission in life: stop females from breeding.

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South America holds crisis meeting as Zika ‘nightmare’ spreads

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A Mexican Health Ministry worker fumigates a house in Oaxaca, Mexico, 02 February 2016. Mario Arturo Martinez/EPA
Ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis, with fears the virus could spread worldwide

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Feb. 4, 2016) — South American health ministers held an emergency meeting Wednesday, February 3, on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a “nightmare” by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

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US reports sexually transmitted case on Zika virus

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DANGER. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Esteban Biba/EPA
The case in Texas fuels fears over the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies

MIAMI, USA (Feb. 3, 2016) — The Zika virus has been transmitted sexually, top US health authorities confirmed on Tuesday, February 2, fueling fears of the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies.

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WHO mulls global health emergency against Zika virus

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Members of the Dominican Republic’s army fumigate an area as they provide information during a move to prevent propagation of the ‘Aedes Aegypti’ mosquito, believed to be the carrier of the Zika virus, Dengue fever and other diseases, in Guerra, Dominican Republic, January 30, 2016. Orlando Barria/EPA
The World Health Organization is under pressure to act quickly in the fight against Zika, after admitting it was slow to respond to the recent Ebola outbreak that ravaged parts of west Africa

GENEVA, Switzerland (Feb. 1, 2016) — The World Health Organization’s emergency committee will on Monday, February 1, debate whether a Zika virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge Continue reading WHO mulls global health emergency against Zika virus

Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic

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ZIKA VIRUS. A pregnant woman stands at her house in a zone of the shanty town of Beco do Sururu, located close to Boa Viagem, the richest neighborhood of city of Recife, Brazil, January 22, 2016. Recife is the Brazilian city with more cases of Zika virus. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA
With the sting of a mosquito bite and a fever, many pregnant women may not know that they caught the Zika virus – until it strikes their unborn child

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Jan. 23, 2016) — Alarm over thousands of birth defects blamed on the mosquito-borne Zika virus spread Friday, January 22 as the United States expanded a travel warning for pregnant women.

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Suspected Ebola death in Sierra Leone hours after WHO gives all-clear

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In this file photo, a woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 18, 2014. File photo by Tanya Bindra/EPA
A senior health ministry official says complete findings will be made known to the public on Friday, January 15

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 15, 2016) — A woman in Sierra Leone is thought to have died from Ebola, officials said Thursday, January 14 just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to an epidemic of the disease.

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