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Brazil calls off Zika emergency

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's government on Thursday declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus which was detected in the Latin American country late in 2015 before becoming a global concern.

With summer approaching, U.S. prepares for Zika virus assault

As we look forward to the coming of summer, many of us have forgotten the dangers that can accompany the hot weather - Like mosquitoes and the Zika virus. Health officials are already preparing for an onslaught of zika cases in our southern states.

Expert travel advice for entering Zika areas

Parts of the southern U.S. (as well as Central and South America) have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. With Zika there are a mix of myths and facts to be taken account of. To help readers decipher these, we’ve heard from a top medical professional.

Zika antibodies taken from a patient show success

Neutralizing antibodies against Zika virus, taken from an infected patient, have fully protected mice from infection. These could add to the array of antibodies in development.

Does studying yellow fever offer Zika clues?

As cases of Zika virus increase there is considerable investigation and research into the virus. One area being looked at for clues is yellow fever virus. A second area involves the use of mouse models.

Zika babies can develop microcephaly in first year

Miami - Some Zika-infected babies who appeared normal at birth still showed significant brain defects and went on to develop unusually small heads, a condition known as microcephaly, researchers said Tuesday.

Zika no longer a world public health emergency: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Friday announced that the Zika virus outbreak, linked to deformations in babies' heads and brains, no longer poses a world public health emergency, though it warned the epidemic remains a challenge.

Brazil maintains Zika emergency status

Bras - Brazil said Friday that it will continue to treat the Zika outbreak as an emergency, even as the World Health Organization considers whether to downgrade it from crisis status.

New Zika virus vaccine shows potential

A DNA-based Zika vaccine has shown elevated protection from infection, as well as minimizing the risk of brain damage and death. The vaccine has generated a protective antigen-specific antibody and T cell immune responses.

'Zika can break out anywhere,' warns Brazilian doctor

Rio De Janeiro - The Brazilian doctor who first linked the Zika virus to brain damage in babies warns that rich countries are not safe from the disease, urging them to increase research funding.

Human antibody shields mouse foetuses against Zika

Paris - An antibody produced by the human body shielded unborn mice against Zika, a study said Monday, raising hopes for thwarting the virus known to cause brain damage in human foetuses.

Zika virus shrinks testicles of mice

A new concern about Zika virus infection. Studies conducted using mice indicate that the viral infection can lower male fertility by shrinking the testicles.

Bolivia reports first 3 Zika-linked microcephaly cases

La Paz - Bolivia has detected its first three cases of microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, local media reported Wednesday, citing health authorities.

Zika virus likely to spread in Asia Pacific: WHO

Manila - The Zika virus is set to spread through Asia, the World Health Organization warned Monday, with hundreds of cases reported in Singapore and two Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly.

New concerns over Zika birth defects

Austin - The association of Zika virus disease with the birth defect microcephaly has been widely reported. As more data is gathered, research from Brazil shows this is just one of several birth defect related concerns.

US man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears, sweat

Washington - A 38-year-old US man may have been infected with Zika virus through the tears or sweat of his dying father, researchers said, in what would be the first documented case of such transmission if confirmed.

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Bangkok - Thai health authorities on Friday said 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.

First Miami zone of local Zika spread now 'clear': officials

Miami - Health authorities Monday lifted a travel warning for the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood -- site of the United States' first local Zika outbreak -- after the governor declared no evidence of active transmission of the virus there in the last 45 days.

Zika and the Naled controversy — is the pesticide safe?

Miami-Dade County's decision to use the pesticide naled to fight the Zika-carrying mosquito has caused a great deal of controversy over the safety of the chemical to humans and the environment.

Zika in Fla. — naled spraying and 84 pregnant women test positive

Miami - On Thursday, Florida health officials said 84 pregnant women in the state have tested positive for the Zika virus, including one woman who gave birth to a baby born with microcephaly on Wednesday.

Malaysia reports first pregnant Zika patient

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Wednesday 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.

US senate blocks Zika funding for third time

Washington - US Senate Democrats blocked a $1.1 billion bill to combat the Zika virus for a third time after Republicans inserted provisions that would end funding for a major abortion provider.

Scientists say Singapore Zika is Asian, cases reach 200

Singapore - Singapore on Saturday reported 215 cases of Zika infections as scientists in the city-state said the virus strain comes from within Asia and was not imported from Brazil.

South Carolina kills millions of bees while spraying for Zika

Summerville - A heartbreaking incident in South Carolina this past week highlights the delicate balance that exists between protecting the environment and vector control to protect our health.

No Zika cases detected among Olympics participants: WHO

Geneva - No Zika cases have so far been detected among athletes, spectators or other participants in last month's Olympic Games in Brazil, the World Health Organization said Friday."We don't have any confirmed cases of Zika amongst travellers or amongst...

First mosquitoes carrying Zika detected in US

Miami - Tests have found the Zika virus in mosquitoes from Miami, the first detected on continental United States, confirming local transmission of the disease, the Florida authorities said.

2.6 billion people in Zika risk areas in Africa, Asia: study

Paris - At least 2.6 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where Zika could gain a new foothold, researchers warned Friday, with 1.2 billion at risk in India alone.

Malaysia reports first suspected Zika case

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Thursday reported its first suspected case of Zika, a 58-year-old woman believed to have contracted it in neighbouring Singapore where more than 100 cases have been confirmed.

Sleepy Singapore suburb turned into Zika battleground

Singapore - Homemaker Sulaiha Ngatiman hunkered indoors as the scent of mosquito repellent lingered in her second-storey flat.

Singapore Zika cases surge to 82

Singapore - The number of Zika cases in Singapore has surged to 82, the government said Tuesday, as the mosquito-fighting effort continued in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.
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Maracanã Stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremonies, in addition to the finals of football.
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The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly  which can cause babies to be ...
The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly, which can cause babies to be born with unusually small heads and deformed brains. In Europe, the potential threat of Zika comes from a mosquito related to Aedes aegypti (pictured) -- Aedes albopictus -- which began to spread in southern Europe about 25 years ago.
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Aedes Aegypti mosquito
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A child born with microcephaly.
A child born with microcephaly.
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Babies born with microcephaly in the Intensive Care Unit at the South Hospital in Choluteca, Honduras on July 28, 2016
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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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The WHO's rejection of making changes to the Olympics schedule follows an open letter from 150 ...
The WHO's rejection of making changes to the Olympics schedule follows an open letter from 150 experts outlining fears half a million tourists could cause virus to spread more rapidly
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World health officials have mobilized with emergency response plans and funding pleas as fears grow ...
World health officials have mobilized with emergency response plans and funding pleas as fears grow that the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies, could spread globally
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Recife, the biggest city in Pernambuco.
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There is no specific treatment for yellow fever  which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito ...
There is no specific treatment for yellow fever, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which also spreads Zika, dengue and chikungunya
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There is currently no treatment or vaccine for the Zika virus  whose mild  flu-like symptoms belie i...
There is currently no treatment or vaccine for the Zika virus, whose mild, flu-like symptoms belie its potentially devastating ability to cause brain damage in babies
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Brazilian Army soldier analyzes the water from a cistern.
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