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Florida records 21 cases of locally-acquired Zika virus

Miami - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Tuesday that four new cases of locally-acquired Zika virus disease had been reported in northern Miami's Wynwood Arts district. Florida now has 21 cases of the Zika virus acquired locally.

Pentagon reports 33 members of military contracted Zika overseas

On Monday, a pentagon spokesperson said 33 active-duty members of the U.S. military have contracted the Zika virus while overseas. Additionally, six family members have also contracted the virus.

Protecting people from Zika through 'universal' vaccine

Washington - A new study has shown that vaccinating people against a single strain of Zika virus should be sufficient to offer full protection against all genetically diverse strains of the virus.

It's official — U.S. mosquitoes now spreading Zika virus

Miami - On Friday afternoon, Florida health officials confirmed that four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes.

The 'scariest case of Zika' in the U.S. pops up in Florida

Even with over 1,300 cases of Zika virus reported in the U.S. so far, according to the CDC, a new case in Florida has health department officials very worried.

U.S. Gulf Coast will be 'ground zero' for Zika virus this summer

If the Zika virus spreads into the United States this summer, People living in sub-standard housing in neglected neighborhoods could be facing the greatest danger, especially along the Gulf Coast of the country.

New study casts doubts on Zika being the cause of microcephaly

In April this year, the CDC took a bold step in saying "There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly." But a new study asks, "If this is so, where are the missing microcephaly cases in other nations hard hit by the virus?"

New assay to screen for Zika virus

Zurich - Pharmaceutical company Roche has developed an assay to screen for Zika virus called the LightMix Modular Zika Virus Assay.

Korea, Brazil develop kit that detects Zika virus in 20 minutes

Seoul - South Korean and Brazilian researchers have jointly developed a new technology that will detect the Zika virus in 20 minutes.

The U.S. is not prepared for a Zika virus outbreak

Washington D.c. - Speaking at a panel meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a CDC official told the audience the Zika virus remains "pretty concerning," pointing out that mosquito control had diminished in recent years.

Puerto Rico reporting 1,100 Zika cases as debt crisis worsens

San Juan - Puerto Rico has recorded over 1,100 confirmed Zika virus cases since the mosquito-borne virus first appeared in the U.S. territory six months ago.

New drug slows down rate of Zika infection

A science team have demonstrated that an experimental antiviral drug, designed for use against hepatitis C, can slow down the development of Zika in mice. Further studies will be undertaken to demonstrate the effectiveness in people.

Zika virus 'returns' to Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus strain associated with the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa.

Law professor: Brazil's Olympic Games must not proceed

Ottawa - A Canadian law professor is calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to either postpone or move the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games to slow the global spread of the Zika virus.

Rapid test for Zika virus developed

Scientists have come up with a new way to diagnose Zika virus infection in under four hours. The test is based on paper and uses an electronic reader.

Zika linked to autoimmune disorder

Zika virus disease has been affecting a host of countries worldwide, with Brazil in particular hit hard. As scientists examine the virus and its effects on the human body, new manifestations become apparent. The latest is a type of autoimmune disease.

New model for predicting Zika virus infection rates

Zika virus disease is easily transmitted. However, in the majority of people the disease is asymptomatic — symptoms appear in only one in four people, mostly as a mild fever. To find out why, a new study has been running.

Another neurological disorder linked to Zika virus

Vancouver - The World Health Organization (WHO) has already linked the Zika virus to one neurological disorder, Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults, and microcephaly in expectant mothers. But a new study has also linked the virus to a rare neurological disease.

Two Vietnamese women positive for Zika

Hanoi - Two Vietnamese women were tested positive for the Zika virus in Vietnam’s first confirmed cases of the disease, the country’s health authorities said.

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.

Case of sexually-transmitted Zika in Canada may have been found

Canada may have its first case of sexually transmitted Zika in a patient in Saskatchewan say health officials. The case involves a woman who had sex with a man who had recently traveled to a Zika-affected country.

WHO: Yellow fever outbreak in Angola kills 178 people

Viana - The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday that the first yellow fever outbreak in Angola in over 30 years has killed 178 people.

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.

Lab study links Zika virus to embryonic neural stem cells

Based on research published on March 4, 2016, the Zika virus appears to infect a type of neural stem cell that is involved in the development of the brain's cerebral cortex.

Research indicates another type of mosquito may carry Zika virus

Scientists in Brazil announced their latest research has shown that another mosquito more common than the Aedes mosquito may be able to carry the Zika virus and transmit it to humans, further complicating efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

Zika virus transmitted to women through sex suspected in 14 cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they are investigating 14 cases of the Zika virus in U.S. women who possibly contracted the virus through sexual contact with partners who had traveled to Zika- affected countries.

Canada testing Zika virus on native mosquitoes

Toronto - Canadian insect scientists are now growing the Zika virus in a special containment laboratory at Brock University. They want to find out if any of Canada's dozen species of native mosquitoes could be infected with the deadly virus.

Viral story linking Zika virus, microcephaly to Monsanto debunked

A spate of stories linking birth defects to Monsanto instead of the Zika virus have been widely debunked, and Monsanto spoke out on the issue Monday in order to clear up "rumors and misinformation."

Agrochemical companies circle their wagons over Zika virus

The seemingly increased number of cases of microcephaly in newborns in Brazil which coincided with a Zika virus outbreak has stunned the world. The Zika virus has been linked to cases of microcephaly, however there are some doctors who disagree.

Microcephaly — Is it Zika or maybe, agrochemicals?

Proving birth defects, and in particular, microcephaly in newborns is linked to the Zika virus is more difficult than many people realize. While cases of microcephaly have been found in seven countries, determining the cause is still a long way off.
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Capt. Maritzabel Gonzalez, the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic deputy chief of Preventive Medicine, inspects a mosquito under a microscope to determine the species at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland in July.
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The Wynwood Arts district is home to over 70 galleries, retail stores, antique shops and eclectric bars, and of course, its astounding murals.
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Adult female southern house mosquito  Culex quinquefasciatus Say  feeding. Photograph by James Newma...
Adult female southern house mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus Say, feeding. Photograph by James Newman, University of Florida.
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Partial map of predicted spread of Zika virus.
Partial map of predicted spread of Zika virus.
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Adult female mosquito  Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus)  in the process of seeking out a penetrable site on ...
Adult female mosquito, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus), in the process of seeking out a penetrable site on the skin surface of its host. Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.
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The Zika virus has hit the cash-strapped U.S. territory very hard. Puerto Rico now has 1 108 confirm...
The Zika virus has hit the cash-strapped U.S. territory very hard. Puerto Rico now has 1,108 confirmed cases, one baby born with microcephaly and one Zika-related death.
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The USA swimming team will have its July training camp in Atlanta  Georgia insteat of Puerto Rico be...
The USA swimming team will have its July training camp in Atlanta, Georgia insteat of Puerto Rico because of concerns over the Zika virus.
USA Swimming
Purdue University scientist looking at the Zika virus structure  revealed in 2016.
Purdue University scientist looking at the Zika virus structure, revealed in 2016.
Purdue University
Global environmental suitability for Zika virus  ranging from low (0  grey) to high (1  red).
Global environmental suitability for Zika virus, ranging from low (0, grey) to high (1, red).
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Latin American countries where the Zika virus has been reported.
Latin American countries where the Zika virus has been reported.
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Microscopic image showing cell death of the human neural progenitor cells. The Zika virus is shown i...
Microscopic image showing cell death of the human neural progenitor cells. The Zika virus is shown in green, the brain cells in grey, and the breached brain cells in red.
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Research cases in seven states within Brazil that showed unprecedented increases in microcephaly.
Research cases in seven states within Brazil that showed unprecedented increases in microcephaly.
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This digitally-colorized image shows particles of Zika virus  which is a member of the family Flaviv...
This digitally-colorized image shows particles of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. The virus particles are colored red in the picture. They are 40 nanometers (0.00004 millimeters) in diameter.
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Status of Zika virus reporting as of 2016 by country  showing countries that are highly environmenta...
Status of Zika virus reporting as of 2016 by country, showing countries that are highly environmentally suitable (having a suitable area of more than 3,800 square miles) but which have not yet reported symptomatic cases of Zika virus in humans. “Currently reporting” countries are those having reported cases since 2015.
Messina et al., eLife, (2016)
Patients with symptoms of Zika virus Disease (ZVD)  including laboratory-confirmed cases in Colombia...
Patients with symptoms of Zika virus Disease (ZVD), including laboratory-confirmed cases in Colombia. (August 9, 2015 through April 2, 2016.)
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