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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

19 Zika cases in PH as experts tackle national action plan

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Health officials report two new cases of the virus in Cavite

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 28, 2016) — Health experts in a summit Friday, October 28, discussed the Philippines’ action plan against the Zika virus, as two new cases were reported by the health department.  Continue reading 19 Zika cases in PH as experts tackle national action plan

Myanmar detects first Zika infection

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FIRST CASE. Myanmar reports that a pregnant foreign woman had been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. File photo from Wikipedia

‘Authorities confirmed the infection in the 32-year-old foreign woman yesterday following a laboratory test,’ state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reports

YANGON, Myanmar (Oct. 28, 2016) — Myanmar has detected its first Zika infection with state media reporting Friday, October 28, that a pregnant foreign woman had been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus.  Continue reading Myanmar detects first Zika infection

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

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FIGHTING ZIKA. A municipal worker fumigates a residential area against the Aedes aegypti mosquito as a preventive measure against the spread of the dengue fever in Bangkok on February 5, 2016. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

The World Health Organization has earlier said any confirmed cases in Thailand would be the first identified in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, Thailand (Sept. 30, 2016) — Thai health authorities said Friday, September 30 that microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect.  Continue reading First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Zika money ‘essentially all spent’ – US doctors

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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

The United States and its territories have recorded more than 19,600 Zika infections, and Florida is seeing a rise in locally transmitted cases of the virus

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 13, 2016) — Money to fight the spread of Zika virus in the United States is “essentially all spent,” top US doctors said Tuesday, September 13, urging Congress to come to agreement on new funding measures.  Continue reading Zika money ‘essentially all spent’ – US doctors

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

Monkey discovery boosts Zika drug quest – study

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ZIKA RESEARCH. Sarah Kohn of the Wisconsin National Primate research Center (WNPRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, performs an ultrasound on a pregnant rhesus macaque monkey infected with the Zika virus on June 28, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

While the animal never developed symptoms, the brain of its fetus stopped growing – the first time this was observed in a lab animal, researchers write in the journal Nature Medicine

PARIS, France (Sept. 12, 2016) — Scientists said on Monday, September 12, they had found a suitable animal model for testing new Zika drugs — a monkey whose offspring suffers brain damage similar to human foetuses exposed to the virus.  Continue reading Monkey discovery boosts Zika drug quest – study

Mexico joins Philippines, Brazil with dengue vaccine

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DENGUE VACCINE. Sanofi is rolling out the dengue vaccine in the private sector in Mexico while health authorities prepare a public immunization plan. File photo from Sanofi Pasteur

‘We estimate that in Mexico and in other countries that the benefits will outweigh the costs of the (vaccine) intervention,’ says Guillaume Leroy, head of Sanofi’s dengue program

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 10, 2016) —  While the world awaits a Zika vaccine, the first ever injection against dengue fever is spreading, with Mexico becoming next week the latest country where people can get the shot.  Continue reading Mexico joins Philippines, Brazil with dengue vaccine

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

Singapore expects Zika to spread as cases surpass 250

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ZIKA FIGHT. A pest control worker checks for mosquitoes breeding in a drainage duct at Bedok North housing estate in Singapore on September 2, 2016. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency confirm 16 new cases, 4 of which are not linked to existing cluster areas

SINGAPORE (Sept. 6, 2016) — The number of cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Singapore reached 258 on Monday, September 5, with health authorities warning it is no longer contained in one part of the city-state and likely to spread further.  Continue reading Singapore expects Zika to spread as cases surpass 250