Researchers reported on Monday they have identified a major population of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for carrying dengue fever, chikungunya, and the Zika virus in a capital hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
Rio De Janeiro -
Brazil's health minister made headlines over remarks he made about Brazil's actions in battling the Zika virus. Brazilian dailies have quoted the minister as saying the country is “badly losing the battle” against the mosquito that transmits Zika.
Studies on the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been ongoing in Brazil and in the U.S. since an upsurge in the number of babies born in Brazil with microcephaly in 2015. The CDC may have found the answer.
Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains.
Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that Brazil is now reporting 1,761 cases of babies born with microcephaly, a condition where the brain is unusually small. The condition has been linked to a mosquito-borne virus.
Fort Collins -
Scientists say it's probable that they may have documented the first case of a virus contracted by a man who was bitten multiple times by insects and then sexually transmitted to his wife, according to a study published on 'Emerging Infectious Diseases.'