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HIV causes premature ageing by 5 years

New research into the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has discovered that an infection with the virus causes a person to prematurely age. The total effect is that ageing accelerates by around five years.

Peru reports first sexually transmitted Zika case

- Peru has suffered its first case of sexually transmitted, locally contracted Zika virus, authorities said Saturday.

Colombia reports first two Zika-linked microcephaly cases

Estanzuela - Colombian health authorities on Thursday reported the country's first two cases of microcephaly associated with Zika, the day after US scientists concluded the virus can cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads.

Summer coming to Europe and US, and maybe Zika with it: Experts

Amsterdam - With summer approaching, Zika may find its way into virus-carrying mosquitoes in Europe or the United States, disease experts have warned, but any outbreaks are likely to be small and short-lived.

Researchers reveal the inner working of the Zika virus

A research group have won the race to detail the structure of the Zika virus. This molecular level insight is very important for the development of effective antiviral treatments against the disease that is prevalent in South America.

Historic dengue vaccine programme launched in Philippines

Manila - The world's first public dengue vaccination programme was launched in the Philippines on Monday as nurses began injecting the first batch of a million children with a French drug to combat the sometimes deadly disease.

More ancient viruses in human DNA discovered

It has been known for some time that our DNA contains genetic material that was once viral. New research suggests the extent of this is greater than previously realized.

Maryland hospital hacked with ransomware, FBI suspects inside job

Baltimore - A Samsam ransomware virus infected the MedStar Web server of the Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital, in Maryland. The malware has been launched from within, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports.

Zika virus was not introduced by football fans

A theory, doing the rounds on the Internet, that the Zika virus was introduced to South America by football fans has been dismissed in a new science paper.

South Korea, Bangladesh report first Zika cases

South Korea and Bangladesh have reported their first confirmed cases of the Zika virus, whose outbreak has already affected dozens of countries, mostly in Central America.

WHO reviews current Zika threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened its second meeting on the Zika virus disease, which is regarded as an international threat.

Cuban woman has first known homegrown Zika case

Havana - A young Havana woman is the first known person to have contracted the Zika virus in Cuba, authorities said.The woman, 21, has been hospitalized though she so far does not have symptoms, the health ministry said.

Birth defect risk 1-in-100 for Zika-infected pregnant women: study

Paris - A woman infected by the Zika virus during the first three months of pregnancy faces a one-in-100 chance her child will suffer severe brain damage, according to a study released Wednesday.

Zika virus implicated in brain infection in adults: French study

Paris - The Zika virus, already linked to brain damage in babies, can also cause a serious brain infection in adult victims, French researchers warned Thursday.

No Zika vaccine for another three years: Brazil expert

Ginebra - Global health experts agreed Wednesday to prioritise developing vaccines against the Zika virus suspected of causing birth defects, but a Brazilian specialist warned that doing so would take at least three years.

WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to Zika outbreak areas

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Tuesday advised pregnant women not to travel to areas affected by the Zika virus outbreak, saying the new advice was issued amid mounting evidence that Zika can cause birth defects.

Zika 'link' to new, paralysing disease: report

Paris - Suspected of causing brain damage in babies and a rare neurological ailment in adults, the Zika virus was linked by researchers Tuesday to a third disorder: paralysis-causing myelitis.

Google backs Zika prevention and research

Internet giant Google has pledged $1 million to help fight Zika virus disease. The disease has been detected in 26 countries around the world, with Brazil the hardest hit.

Experiments show link between Zika and foetal brain damage

Paris - Scientists 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.

Brazil confirms 641 cases of microcephaly amid Zika outbreak

Bras - Brazil has confirmed 641 cases of microcephaly and 139 babies with the birth defect who have died since the Zika virus outbreak started in October, the Health Ministry said.

Stress wakes up the sleeping herpes virus

Helsinki - Once someone has contracted herpes the virus can emerge again at any time. The re-emergence is linked with periods of stress. Scientists have been looking into how this happens.

Ebola vaccine could be a reality? Research moves a step forward

A new study shed some light on the Ebola virus infection mechanism. Thanks to this discovery, researchers can now engineer an Ebola vaccine in the near future.

Brazil government urges child 'army' against Zika mosquitos

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff led two dozen ministers on a campaign Friday to form what one official called an "army" of children against the Zika-carrying mosquito.

Does a new study prove the Zika-microcephaly link?

Rio - A new study appears to draw a firm connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly. However, the World Health Organization recommends caution until the results are confirmed.

Evidence grows for Zika role in brain damage

Paris - Evidence piled up Thursday implicating the Zika virus in a surge of brain damaged babies in Latin America, with two reports of the disease found in the neural tissue of affected infants.

Europe creates Zika drug 'task force'

Paris - Europe's medicines watchdog said Monday it had assembled an expert team to aid the development of drugs and vaccines against the Zika virus, feared to cause brain damage in unborn babies.

101 die in Nigeria from Lassa fever outbreak

Lagos - A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday.

Op-Ed: Gene technology, the possible solution to the Zika virus

The Zika virus has become a World Health Organization (WHO)-declared ‘global health emergency.’ Among the different treatment options, gene technology is being mooted as a solution. Not all scientists are in support, though.

Microcephaly: What is happening to the babies?

Paris - Pregnant women are being urged to think twice before travelling to Latin American and Caribbean countries battling a rise in cases of microcephaly -- a rare but brutal condition that shrinks the brains of unborn babies.

Double flu blow forces Saint Petersburg school closures

Sanktpeterburg - An outbreak of swine flu has claimed some 22 lives in Russia's second city Saint Petersburg and combined with high rates of seasonal flu to force authorities to close schools and send residents flocking to pharmacies.
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