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Disease experts to compare Zika notes in Paris

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ZIKA RESEARCH. 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. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

The experts will also review progress in the development of Zika diagnostics and vaccines

PARIS, France (Apr. 24, 2016) — Some 600 disease experts from 43 nations will gather in Paris on Monday, April 25, to pour over scant but increasingly worrisome data emerging about the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and threatening the world.

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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

Youth-friendly HIV testing center opens in Manila

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LOVE YOURSELF. The LoveYourself hubs are powered by over 600 trained volunteer counselors. Photo by Ana Santos
LoveYourself Uni also functions as a community center where people can hang out in a safe, non-judgmental environment

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2016) — The significant number of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections clustering around young men who have sex with men (MSM) between the ages 12 to 29 calls for interventions that target this demographic.

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Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

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SHOW GOES ON. The King Momo, Wilson Dias (R), dances with the Queen of the Carnival Clara Paixao (L) after receiving the Keys of the City, which represents the official opening of the Carnival of Rio in Brazil on February 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA
At the Zika epicenter, Brazil is simultaneously fighting mosquitoes and insisting that tourists face no danger at the Carnival or when they come to Rio in 6 months for the Summer Olympics.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Feb. 7, 2016) — A massive, fleshy crowd of semi-naked people might seem like the Zika-transmitting mosquito’s paradise, but Rio Carnival goers Saturday, February 6, Continue reading Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

Honduras declares national emergency over Zika virus

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Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The mosquito is a vector for the proliferation of the Zika virus currently spreading throughout Latin America. New figures from Brazil’s Health Ministry show that the Zika virus outbreak has not caused as many confirmed cases of a rare brain defect as first feared. AP File Photo

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Feb. 2, 2016) — Honduras on Monday declared a state of emergency after officials said the number of Zika infections is rising at an “alarming” rate in the Central American country.

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Omani man tests positive for MERS in Thailand

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The 71-year-old arrived in Thailand on Friday with a fever which doctors in Oman could not treat

BANGKOK, Thailand (Jan. 24, 2016) — Thai health officials are trying to trace dozens of people who may have come into contact with an elderly Omani man who tested positive for Middle East Continue reading Omani man tests positive for MERS in Thailand

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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109 quarantined in Sierra Leone after new Ebola death

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FIGHTING THE DISEASE. Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people since 2013. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP
Of the 109 who had been in contact with the victim, 28 are considered ‘high risk’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 17, 2016) — Sierra Leone’s government on Saturday, January 16, urged the public not to panic as it announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined following a new death from Ebola just as the country seemed to have overcome the epidemic.

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WHO confirms new Ebola case in Sierra Leone a day after all clear

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NEW EBOLA CASE. The World Health Organization confirms a new death from Ebola virus, a day after it announced the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak was over. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
‘We can confirm the Ebola case in Sierra Leone,’ the World Health Organization says after a 22-year-old female student near the Guinean border died 3 days ago

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 15, 2016) — The World Health Organization on Friday, January 15, confirmed a new death from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a day after West Africa celebrated halting the spread of the virus.

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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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