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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

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

Experiments show link between Zika and fetal brain damage

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ZIKA VIRUS. A soldier fumigates against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito as part of the campaign against Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna in Habana, Cuba, February 22, 2016. File photo by EPA/Ernesto Mastrascusa
The findings are the first concrete evidence of a link between the mosquito-borne virus and microcephaly, which until now had been circumstantial

PARIS, France (Mar. 5, 2016) — Scientists on Friday, March 4 said they had found the first evidence of a biological link between the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and microcephaly, a severe deformation of the brain among newborns.

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