zika

Is Zika on our Doorstep?

Health group urges caution By Dr Dr Ala Alwan Three months ago, most people had never heard of the Zika virus. Today, it makes global headlines on a daily basis. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ marking only the fourth time an outbreak has been

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First U.S. Zika Virus Transmission Reported, Attributed to Sex

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 3 – The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health

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Zika Virus Tied to Birth Defects is Int’l Emergency: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay and Ben Hirschler GENEVA/LONDON, Feb 2 – The World Health Organization on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of birth defects in Brazil, as the U.N. agency sought to build a global response to the threat. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told

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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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