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Climate change could curb malaria risk in West Africa

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Anopheles gambiae. Photo: Jim Gathany-CDC/AFPMB via Flickr.

A new study suggests that climate change could make West Africa less hospitable for mosquitoes by the end of the century, reducing the risk of malaria outbreaks.

July 18, 2016 — West Africa has the highest rates of malaria infection and deaths in the world. Approximately 340m people are at risk from being infected, and the disease causes hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.  Continue reading Climate change could curb malaria risk in West Africa

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

Mice experiments show how Zika invades placenta

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

The studies illustrate how the virus could invade the brain of a developing fetus and trigger complications

WASHINGTON, USA (May 12, 2016) — Experiments using lab mice show how the Zika virus travels through the bloodstream, multiplies in the placenta, and invades the brain of the developing fetus, stunting growth or causing death, researchers said Wednesday, May 11. Continue reading Mice experiments show how Zika invades placenta

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

Spain reports first known European case of Zika-infected pregnant woman

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AEDES AEGYPTI. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Photo by Esteban Biba/EPA
Spain’s health ministry seeks to ease concerns, pointing out that all 7 patients caught the disease abroad

MADRID, Spain (Feb. 5, 2016) — Spain said Thursday, February 4, that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case.

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Sex and Zika, Risk of virus spread

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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
The infection of a Texan by a partner back from Venezuela is the second reported case of sexual transmission since the Zika virus was discovered in 1947, and raises questions about the infection

PARIS, France (Feb. 3, 2016) — A case of sexual transmission on US soil of the tropical, mosquito-borne Zika virus, has stirred unease among ordinary people and experts alike.

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Fearing global spread WHO creates Zika response unit

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RESPONSE TO ZIKA. Public health workers participate in a day of fumigation to stop spread of the ‘Aedes aegypti’ in Caracas, Venezuela, January 28, 2016. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA
An expert says the WHO’s new response unit would aim to use ‘all the lessons we’ve learned from the Ebola crisis’ to help quickly address Zika

GENEVA, Switzerland (Feb. 2, 2016) — The World Health Organization said Tuesday, February 2, it had created a global unit to respond to the Zika virus, voicing fears the disease blamed for a surge in birth defects in South America could spread across Africa and Asia.

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Thailand says man contracted Zika virus domestically

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HEALTH THREAT. 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. Photo by Orlando Barria/EPA
Authorities say the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and Colombia

BANGKOK, Thailand (Feb. 6, 2016) — A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, February 2, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America.

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France’s Sanofi launches Zika virus vaccine research

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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
This comes a day after the World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the mosquito-borne Zika virus, blamed for causing a surge in brain-damaged babies

PARIS, France (Feb. 2, 2016) — French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi announced Tuesday, February 2, that it had begun research and development into a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus, blamed for causing a surge in brain-damaged babies.

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1,000 kits available in PH for Zika virus testing

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ZIKA THREAT. The World Health Organization has recently declared the virus a global threat.
Health Secretary Janette Garin says stocks are limited worldwide and the government will only use theirs for ‘necessary’ cases

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 2, 2016) — Health Secretary Janette Garin on Tuesday, February 2, said there are 1,000 kits available for testing Zika virus at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City.

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