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WHO Declares End of Zika Emergency but says Virus Remains a Threat

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen GENEVA/CHICAGO – The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee made clear the Zika

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Thirteen Indians among Zika Infected People in Singapore

By Raju Gopalakrishnan and Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE  – Thirteen Indian citizens are among those infected in an outbreak of the Zika virus in Singapore, according to a person at the Indian High Commission in the city-state. Foreign construction workers have been hit hardest in the first days of the mosquito-borne disease’s outbreak. Singapore announced the

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Study Shows Extent of Brain Damage From Zika Infections

CHICAGO  – A report released on Tuesday shows in graphic detail the kind of damage Zika infections can do to the developing brain – damage that goes well beyond the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, in which the baby’s head is smaller than normal. The current Zika outbreak was first detected last year in

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Global Tourism GDP Resilient This Year, but Woes for France, Turkey

BERLIN, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Travel and tourism will contribute less than previously forecast to the economies of France, Turkey and Brazil this year, hit by attacks, political and economic turmoil, though globally the sector is resilient, the World Travel and Tourism Council said. Brazil is hosting the Olympic Games this year but its travel

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China’s ‘Mosquito Factory’ Aims to Wipe Out Zika, Other Diseases

GUANGZHOU, China – Every week, scientists in southern China release 3 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes on a 3 km (two-mile) long island in a bid to wipe out diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and Zika. The scientists inject mosquito eggs with wolbachia bacteria in a laboratory, then release infected male mosquitoes on the island on

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Florida Health Dept Investigates Possible Local Zika Transmission

July 19 – Florida health officials said on Tuesday they are investigating a case of Zika virus infection that does not appear to have stemmed from travel to another region with an outbreak. The statement from the Florida Department of Health did not specify whether the Zika case was believed to have been transmitted via

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Zika Mystery Widens as Utah Caregiver Contracts Virus

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, July 18 – U.S. health officials are investigating the mysterious case of a person in Utah who contracted Zika while caring for an elderly man infected with the virus who died last month. Federal and state health officials said on Monday it is not clear how the individual contracted Zika, a

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U.S. Republican Lawmakers Approve $1.1 Billion in New Zika Funds

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, June 23 – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, short-changing President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion funding request and angering Democrats by making other cuts to pay for it. The House approved a funding deal that had been agreed to on Wednesday

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Zika Virus May Spread to Europe in Coming Months, WHO Warns

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, May 18 – The Zika virus, an infectious disease linked to severe birth defects in babies, may spread into Europe as the weather gets warmer, although the risk is low, health officials said on Wednesday. In its first assessment of the threat Zika poses to the region,

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