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Measles behind Myanmar outbreak that has killed 30

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The deaths highlight how vulnerable the more isolated populations are in a country where healthcare was never prioritized under decades of junta rule

ANGON, Myanmar (Aug. 7, 2016) — Myanmar health officials have confirmed that a measles outbreak is behind the deaths of more than 30 people, mostly children, in a remote part of the country as authorities rush to treat victims.  Continue reading Measles behind Myanmar outbreak that has killed 30

Anthrax outbreak triggered by climate change kills boy in Arctic Circle

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A family is seen 150km from the town of Salekhard, Russia on 2 May 2016. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Seventy-two nomadic herders, including 41 children, were hospitalised in far north Russia after the region began experiencing abnormally high temperatures

August 2, 2016 — A 12-year-old boy in the far north of Russia has died in an outbreak of anthrax that experts believe was triggered when unusually warm weather caused the release of the bacteria.  Continue reading Anthrax outbreak triggered by climate change kills boy in Arctic Circle

Mexican woman with Zika gives birth to healthy child

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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. The virus is spread by mosquitoes. File Photo from Office of the Mexican Secretary of Health/Handout/EPA
Despite the virus being linked to a birth defect causing infants to be born with abnormally small heads, the woman gave birth to a clinically healthy 6 pound boy

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Feb. 21, 2016)— A woman with a confirmed case of the Zika virus in the southern state of Chiapas gave birth to a “clinically healthy” baby boy, Mexico’s health ministry said.

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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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Zika outbreak won’t compromise Olympics

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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff. AFP file photo
Meanwhile, a health official warns that Zika is likely to spread to densely populated areas of the country

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Feb. 14, 2016) — The presence of the Zika virus in Brazil won’t compromise the Olympics in August, President Dilma Rousseff vowed on Saturday, February 13, as soldiers went door-to-door across the country to share key tips on how to stem the outbreak.

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Zika research to be published rapidly, and free

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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
Research funders will require scientists to share interim as well as final data as rapidly and widely as possible

PARIS, France (Feb. 11, 2016) — Top research institutions, funders and publishers said Wednesday, February 10, they would make all scientific findings on the Zika virus assailing Latin America available speedily, and free.

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Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile

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BURST OF COLOR. Revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP
Brazilians enjoy the glitzy spectacle, determined not to let the Zika outbreak ruin their partying

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Feb. 8, 2016) — Dancers – some nearly naked, others in elaborate costumes – strutted into the final round of the Rio Carnival’s samba championship Monday, February 8, Continue reading Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile

Hondurans mobilize to wipe out Zika

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CLEAN-UP. A family helps in the clean-up of the city to fight the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus. Photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP
Some 200,000 residents of this Central American nation spent Saturday ridding homes and gardens of standing water and fumigating areas suspected of harboring larvae from the virus-carrying mosquito

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Feb. 7, 2016) — Armed with brooms, spades and hoes, Hondurans by the thousands took part in a day of national mobilization to try and eradicate mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, the government said.

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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 declares international health emergency over Zika

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Dominican Air Force personnel fumigate various locations in Santo Domingo against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, on January 23, 2016 (AFP Photo/Erika Santelices)
The World Health Organization on Monday said a surge in serious birth defects in South America was “strongly suspected” of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency

Geneva (Feb. 2, 2016) — The UN health body said that a surge in cases of microcephaly — a devastating condition in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and brain — was likely caused by Continue reading WHO declares international health emergency over Zika