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Monkey discovery boosts Zika drug quest – study

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ZIKA RESEARCH. Sarah Kohn of the Wisconsin National Primate research Center (WNPRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, performs an ultrasound on a pregnant rhesus macaque monkey infected with the Zika virus on June 28, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

While the animal never developed symptoms, the brain of its fetus stopped growing – the first time this was observed in a lab animal, researchers write in the journal Nature Medicine

PARIS, France (Sept. 12, 2016) — Scientists said on Monday, September 12, they had found a suitable animal model for testing new Zika drugs — a monkey whose offspring suffers brain damage similar to human foetuses exposed to the virus.  Continue reading Monkey discovery boosts Zika drug quest – study

Zika crisis fueled by ‘massive policy failure’

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ZIKA OUTBREAK. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 23, 2016. Photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The World Health Organization’s Margaret Chan also warns that ‘failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services’ has exacerbated the crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 24, 2016) — The spiraling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is due to decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said Monday, May 23. Continue reading Zika crisis fueled by ‘massive policy failure’

Brazil confirms mosquito as Zika vector

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ZIKA VIRUS. A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26, 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Despite the fact that world health authorities have said for months that the mosquito species is the main vector for Zika, no Aedes aegypti carrying the virus had previously been found in the Americas

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (May 24, 2016) — Brazilian scientists said Monday, May 23, they have found the first hard evidence the Zika virus blamed for causing brain damage in hundreds of babies is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Continue reading Brazil confirms mosquito as Zika vector

WHO warns of risk of ‘marked increase’ in Zika cases

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HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

‘As seasonal temperatures begin to rise in Europe, two species of Aedes mosquito which we know transmit the virus will begin to circulate,’ the WHO says

PARIS, France (Apr. 25, 2016) — The UN’s health agency warned Monday, April 25, of the potential for a “marked increase” in Zika infections, and the spread of the virus to new parts of the world, even as the outbreak declines in Brazil. Continue reading WHO warns of risk of ‘marked increase’ in Zika cases

Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika in Colombia since October

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CAMPAIGN AGAINST ZIKA. View of a poster against the Aedes aegypti mosquito – vector of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.– on the door of a pregnant woman on February 17, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Mosquito-borne Zika is present in 130 countries and recent studies have shown it can also be transmitted sexually between human carriers

BOGOTA, Colombia (Apr. 24, 2016) — Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika have been reported in Colombia since October 2015, with almost 13,000 occurring in pregnant women, although the country is going through a decline in outbreaks, health authorities said Saturday, April 23.

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Birth defect risk 1-in-100 for Zika-infected pregnant women

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Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. Christophe Simon/AFP
The statistical analysis of a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013-14 that spread to 2/3 of the population is the most rigorous attempt yet to quantify the risk of microcephaly

PARIS, France (Mar. 16, 2016) — A woman infected by the Zika virus during the first 3 months of pregnancy faces a one-in-100 chance her child will suffer severe brain damage, according to a study released Wednesday, March 16.

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The Link Between Zika and Climate Change

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Miriam Araujo holds her son Lucas, who was born with microcephaly, in Sao Jose dos Cordeiros, Brazil.
Researchers are beginning to tease out the environmental factors that play a role in helping the virus to spread

March 14, 2016 —Last year, a team of researchers made a surprising discovery: Aedis aegypti mosquitoes—the species that spreads West Nile Virus, dengue, chickungunya and, most recently, Zika—were Continue reading The Link Between Zika and Climate Change

Report suspected Zika virus cases within 24 hours

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CLEANLINESS. The DOH advises communities to keep their environment clean to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.
The DOH places the Zika virus under the ‘Category 1 classification’ on the Philippine integrated disease surveillance and response system

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 14, 2016) — All suspected cases for Zika virus diseases should be reported within 24 hours to the Department of Health (DOH), as the agency placed the disease Continue reading Report suspected Zika virus cases within 24 hours

Colombia reports more than 47,700 Zika cases

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Health authorities project that more than 600,000 people will be infected with the Zika virus this year in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (Mar. 6, 2016) — Colombia has seen more than 47,700 cases of Zika, including thousands of pregnant women infected with the mosquito-borne virus, the country’s National Health Institute reported on Saturday, March 5.

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New study ‘strongest’ proof Zika causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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ZIKA VIRUS. Ana Beatriz is held by her father Alipio Martin during a medical appointment at the Altino Ventura Foundation in Recife, Brazil, January 29, 2016. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA
Zika is usually no more harmful than a bad cold or mild flu, but global anxiety about the mosquito-borne virus has been driven by its probable link to microcephaly and GBS

GENEVA, Switzerland (Mar. 5, 2016) — A study published this week was the strongest piece of evidence yet that that the Zika virus causes the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome, but more research was needed, the UN said Friday, March 4.

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