zika

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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Australia’s Starpharma, Ansell to Supply Anti-Zika Condoms for Olympics

SYDNEY, May 16 – Australian pharmaceutical company Starpharma Holdings Ltd said it is teaming up with world No. 2 condom maker Ansell Ltd to supply Zika virus-proof condoms to the Australian Olympic team ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games. Starpharma said it is giving the Australian athletes Ansell “Dual Protect” condoms lubricated with

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Brazilian Zika Doctors Find Severe Brain Damage in Babies

By Kate Kelland LONDON, April 14 – Brazilian scientists studying possible links between birth defects and the mosquito-borne Zika virus have found that babies born with microcephaly have severe brain damage with a range of abnormalities. In a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the researchers said their findings could not prove Zika

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Zika Mystery Deepens With Evidence of Nerve Cell Infections

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, April 6  – Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections – including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis – in

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Chile Reports its First Sexually Transmitted Zika Case

BUENOS AIRES, March 26 – Chile has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus having been sexually transmitted, the health ministry said in a statement on its website on Saturday. The virus is linked to thousands of suspected cases of birth defects in Brazil. The new case in Chile is that of a 46-year-old

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Google Says its Engineers Working with UNICEF to Map Zika

SAO PAULO, March 3 – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday that its engineers were working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyse data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil. Google said in a statement it was providing a $1

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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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