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India confirms first Zika virus cases – WHO

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ZIKA VIRUS. 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 World Health Organization says the cases ‘suggest low transmission of Zika virus’ in India

NEW DELHI, India (May 28, 2017) —  The Indian health ministry has confirmed its first cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, the latest nation to be affected by the mosquito-borne virus that sparked global concern. Continue reading India confirms first Zika virus cases – WHO

2 more people tested positive for Zika virus in Iloilo City

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Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial: ‘All 3 cases have since recovered from their very mild illness and did not require hospitalization’

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 13, 2016) — The Department of Health reported on Tuesday, September 13, that two more people in Iloilo City tested positive for Zika virus, based on results done at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).  Continue reading 2 more people tested positive for Zika virus in Iloilo City

Malaysia reports first pregnant Zika patient

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ZIKA. A pest control worker fumigates a school classroom on the eve of the annual national Primary School Evaluation Test in Kuala Lumpur on September 4, 2016. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

The 27-year-old woman in the southern state of Johor is the third case detected in Malaysia, where fears of a full-blown outbreak emanating from Singapore are mounting

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Sept. 7, 2016) — Malaysia on Wednesday, September 7, reported its first case of a pregnant woman with Zika – a resident of a Malaysian state bordering Singapore where authorities have already recorded 275 cases.  Continue reading Malaysia reports first pregnant Zika patient

US ties 4 Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes

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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. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

Investigators have determined ‘a high likelihood exists’ that 4 suspected non-travel cases in Miami-Dade and Broward County ‘are the result of local transmission’

MIAMI, USA (July 30, 2016) — Four cases of Zika virus in Florida are likely the first to be transmitted locally by mosquitoes in the United States, officials said Friday, July 29, marking a new phase in the fast-growing pandemic.  Continue reading US ties 4 Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes

Tens of thousands of babies may be born with Zika disorders

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ZIKA BABY. Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephaly caught through an Aedes aegypti mosquito bite, at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Mathematical projections suggest about 93.4 million people may catch the virus – including some 1.65 million pregnant women – before the epidemic fizzles out, a team reports in the journal Nature Microbiology

PARIS, France (July 27, 2016) — Tens of thousands of babies may be born with debilitating Zika-related disorders in the course of the outbreak sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean, researchers said on Monday, July 25.  Continue reading Tens of thousands of babies may be born with Zika disorders

Zika found in sperm after record 93 days

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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

The previous longest recorded virus survival in semen is 62 days after the onset of symptoms

PARIS, France (July 22, 2016) — The Zika virus has been found alive in a man’s sperm after a record 93 days, according to a new report that adds to the many unknowns surrounding the foetus-harming germ.  Continue reading Zika found in sperm after record 93 days

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

10 new Zika cases confirmed amid concern over US response

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Florida officials confirmed 10 new cases of Zika virus on Friday. Photograph: Patrice Coppee/AFP/Getty Images

Figure marks largest number of infections found on single day, with nearly 1,000 people infected with virus across country

July 3, 2016 — Florida health officials confirmed 10 new Zika infections on Friday, the largest number of infections found on a single day and a sign of the United States’ faltering response to a looming crisis. Continue reading 10 new Zika cases confirmed amid concern over US response

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

First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico

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FIRST. In this file photo, Ana Rius, the Secretary of the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, speaks during a news conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 28, 2016. Rius is quoted as saying the first Zika-related death on US soil involves a 70-year-old patient who died at the end of February. File photo by Jorge Muniz/EPA

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned of a potential explosion of Zika cases in Puerto Rico, possibly reaching into the hundreds of thousands

MIAMI, USA (Apr. 31, 2016) — The first Zika-related death on US soil was reported Friday, April 29, in Puerto Rico, raising new concerns about the dangers of the mosquito-borne virus. Continue reading First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico