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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

Landslides, zika and beach loss – Rio de Janeiro prepares for climate change

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Favelas on the steep slopes around Rio are vulnerable to rain storms and landslides (Pic: Flickr/- Adam Reeder -)

As the Brazilian city hosts half a million tourists and 10,000 athletes for the Olympic games, CDP submission shows multiple global warming threats

August 7, 2016 — The day of the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the mood is jittery. Continue reading Landslides, zika and beach loss – Rio de Janeiro prepares for climate change

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

Zika crisis fueled by ‘massive policy failure’

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ZIKA OUTBREAK. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 23, 2016. Photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The World Health Organization’s Margaret Chan also warns that ‘failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services’ has exacerbated the crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 24, 2016) — The spiraling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is due to decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said Monday, May 23. Continue reading Zika crisis fueled by ‘massive policy failure’

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

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

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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Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika in Colombia since October

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CAMPAIGN AGAINST ZIKA. View of a poster against the Aedes aegypti mosquito – vector of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.– on the door of a pregnant woman on February 17, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Mosquito-borne Zika is present in 130 countries and recent studies have shown it can also be transmitted sexually between human carriers

BOGOTA, Colombia (Apr. 24, 2016) — Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika have been reported in Colombia since October 2015, with almost 13,000 occurring in pregnant women, although the country is going through a decline in outbreaks, health authorities said Saturday, April 23.

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