zika virus

WHO Issues $56 Million Plan to Combat Zika Virus

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 17 – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that $56 million were needed to combat the Zika virus until June, including for the fast-tracking of vaccines, diagnostics and research studies into how it spreads. The funds, including $25 million for the WHO and its regional office, would also be

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Obama Calls for Rapid Zika Research as Virus Seen Spreading

By Julie Steenhuysen and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON, Jan 27 – President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the rapid development of tests, vaccines and treatments to fight the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and could spread to the United States in warmer months. U.S. health officials are stepping up efforts

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Zika Virus Scare Spreads as Brazil Gears Up for Carnival, Olympics

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 18 – Olympic and tourism officials in Brazil downplayed risks for foreign visitors from the mosquito-borne Zika virus on Monday, even as the health ministry warned pregnant women to consult doctors before visiting the country amid a widening scare. Alarm over the virus, linked to a rising number

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Puerto Rico Reports First Case of Zika Virus

SAN JUAN, Jan 4 – Puerto Rico has reported its first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across South America and the Caribbean and has been linked by Brazilian authorities to a serious birth defect, a U.S. Congressman said on Thursday. Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, said in a

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