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  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +30 +1

    Zika hysteria is way ahead of research into virus, says expert

    Leslie Lobel says it’s unclear whether birth defects in Brazil are linked to Zika, and any panic can cause more harm than the virus itself.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +34 +1

    Pope Francis suggests contraception could be permissible in Zika fight

    Pope says avoiding pregnancy “is not an absolute evil.” By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +37 +1

    Ontario has 1st confirmed case of Zika virus, ministry says

    Ontario's first case of the Zika virus has been confirmed by the province's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In a statement, the province's chief medical officer of health said Friday that Public Health Ontario received positive test results for the virus in an individual who had travelled to Colombia. The ministry did not confirm whether the person affected is a man or a woman, but did say that the patient is not pregnant.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rhingo
    +31 +1

    Puerto Rico Freezes Condom Prices To Prevent Zika Profiteering

    To help prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, government officials on the island have declared condom price-gouging illegal. In early February, during a media briefing at the Governor's mansion, Puerto Rico's Secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Nery Adames Soto, announced his agency has added prophylactics to the price-freeze list. Stores on the island also aren't allowed by DACO to raise the price on mosquito...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +26 +1

    CDC Sees Birth Defects in Pregnant US Travelers With Zika

    Today, the CDC released some of the first evidence of a connection between Zika and microcephaly in Americans who contracted the virus while they were traveling. By Katie M. Palmer .

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +38 +1

    Scientists may have finally solved Zika's scariest mystery

    Public health experts have long suspected that a spike in birth defects in Central and South America was linked to the Zika virus, but they didn't know how. Today, the picture became a little bit clearer. A team of US researchers has discovered what they believe could be the mechanism by which the mosquito-borne virus hinders brain development in unborn children. Their study finds that the virus targets the outer layer...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +34 +1

    Olympics ticket sales fall off a cliff in wake of Zika virus

    Ticket revenues for 2016 Rio Olympics events have dropped significantly since an outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil gained international attention. From October until Jan. 20, 2016, ticket revenues for Olympics-related events were increasing an average of 8.85% each week, according to Ticketbis. In the second half of January, however, revenue dropped 56.4%, and continued to drop through at least the first half of February.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by Amabaie
    +23 +1

    Risk Of A Canadian Zika Epidemic Is Small But Very Real

    So far, no case of Zika has been contracted in Canada. But some people wonder if that might change. At first blush, this question seemed silly, especially when asked in the middle of a cold Canadian winter. But winter is receding and some people in Hamilton who know what they are talking about are asking that very question. Could Zika come to Canada?

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +20 +1

    Canadian innovation for killing mosquito eggs could help Zika fight

    With Canadian Government funding, a team of innovators from Canada and Mexico have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and likely spreading the Zika virus. The 10-month study, conducted in a remote, urban area of Guatemala, documents a cheap, easy system to reduce virus-carrying Aedesgenus mosquitoes by capturing and destroying its eggs.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +50 +1

    It’s Time to Wipe Mosquitoes Off the Face of the Earth

    "The level of alarm is extremely high,” said the head of the World Health Organization on Thursday, describing the spread of Zika virus around the world. As well it should be: The disease, which seems likely to be causing birth defects, could affect millions of people in several dozen countries. And the virus may be on its way into the U.S. As of Friday morning, no fewer than five New York residents have been diagnosed as Zika positive.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +4 +1

    #Olympics: South Korea's anti-Zika uniform

    The Rio Olympics are less than 100 days away and it seems South Korean athletes are taking no chances when it comes to the threat of contracting the Zika virus. South Korea's stars will wear tracksuits which have been infused with insect repellant designed to keep mosquitoes away, as well as long pants and blazers for the opening and closing ceremonies.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rexall
    +48 +1

    Brain damage in Zika babies is far worse than expected

    Ana Gabriela do Prado Paschoal sat at a desk in a small medical exam room and began a familiar, heartbreaking ritual. Your baby’s head is smaller than normal, Dr. Paschoal told the anxious mother, who had contracted the Zika virus while pregnant.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +43 +1

    'Bugged mosquitoes' stop Zika spread

    Infecting mosquitoes with bacteria could help stop them spreading Zika, an early Brazilian study suggests. Scientists deliberately gave mosquitoes the Wolbachia bug and then later exposed them to Zika virus. They found mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia had less Zika virus in them and in some cases the virus had been deactivated. They say with more work, the approach could be one way to prevent mosquitoes passing Zika on to humans.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jcscher
    +12 +1

    MLB Relocates Series From Puerto Rico to Miami Due to Zika Virus

    Major League Baseball "had no choice" but to move the series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins from Puerto Rico to Miami because of concerns of the Zika virus, MLB announced on Friday.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +8 +1

    Former Brazilian soccer star: Don't come to the Olympics

    With the Olympics set to begin in less than three months in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's most successful soccer players has a surprisingly ominous message for international visitors: Stay away.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by FivesandSevens
    +30 +1

    CDC says 157 pregnant women in U.S. infected with Zika

    Some 157 pregnant women in the United States and another 122 in U.S. territories, primarily Puerto Rico, have tested positive for infection with the Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +12 +1

    The Zika strain has spread to Africa for the first time

    Two hundred cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed and thousands are suspected in Cape Verde in the first African outbreak of the strain of the disease that has hit South America, the World Health Organisation has revealed. Three cases of babies with microcephaly – an unusually small head associated with incomplete brain development – have already been discovered on the island off Senegal on Africa’s west coast with 170 pregnant women among those infected.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by timex
    +25 +1

    Zika Fears Prompt 150 Public Health Experts to Call for Olympics to Be Moved From Rio

    A group of 150 prominent scientists, doctors and medical ethicists have signed a letter calling for this summer's Olympic Games to be postponed or moved from Rio de Janeiro due to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. In a letter directed to World Health Organization Director Dr. Margaret Chan, the group said that new findings about the Zika virus should result in the games being moved or postponed to safeguard the thousands of athletes, staff and reporters scheduled to attend the games.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +34 +1

    NBA star Pau Gasol considers skipping Olympics due to Zika virus concerns

    One of Spain’s most famous athletes, the basketball player Pau Gasol, has said he is considering skipping this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to fears over the Zika virus. Gasol said he has spoken to other athletes who were considering whether to compete at the Games. “It wouldn’t surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” Gasol, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, said.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zritic
    +41 +1

    The Gates Foundation is trying to stop Zika by giving mosquitos a sexually transmitted disease

    The approach releases bugs with a bacteria that would render them and their offspring unable to transmit disease. Ordinarily the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is in the business of stopping diseases rather than spreading them. When it comes to mosquitoes, though, the foundation is funding an approach that aims to spread a disease among mosquitoes that would prevent those bugs from spreading Zika and other diseases.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +22 +1

    Journalists Are Backing Out of the Olympics Over Zika

    Athletes have already expressed concern about traveling to the heart of the Zika outbreak to compete in this summer’s Olympics. Now journalists are opting out entirely. Several NBC employees will not travel to Brazil to cover the games, including Today anchor Savannah Guthrie, who announced today that she’s pregnant. The CDC made a recommendation in February that women who are pregnant should not travel to Zika-affected countries, then later expanded the recommendation to include women who are considering getting pregnant.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zobo
    +30 +1

    Zika in Florida: 10 new cases confirmed amid concern over US response

    Florida health officials confirmed 10 new Zika infections on Friday, the largest number of infections found on a single day and a sign of the United States’ faltering response to a looming crisis. There are now nearly 1,000 people infected with the virus in Washington DC and the 50 states, 246 of them in Florida, and 2,026 infections in American territories, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those totals include 537 pregnant women, 43 of whom live in Florida. The state has also seen its first case of an infant born with microcephaly, the fifth case of the birth defect related to the virus in the US.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +35 +1

    New York City reports first female-to-male Zika transmission

    New York City's health department on Friday reported the first female-to-male transmission of the Zika virus, which is most typically spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Transmission of the virus occurred on the day that a woman in her 20s returned to New York from an area with active Zika transmission and had a single event of unprotected sex with a male partner. The man had not traveled outside of the United States in the prior year.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ckshenn
    +1 +1

    Zika Cases Spike in Puerto Rico as Virus Spreads 'Silently and Rapidly'

    The Zika virus is rapidly spreading though Puerto Rico, leading to more than 5,500 infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. Puerto Rico has been dealing with the Zika outbreak for months, and Zika infections have spiked recently, rising from 14 percent testing positive among those tested in February to 64 percent in June, the CDC reported. Officials are calling the situation in Puerto Rico "a Zika epidemic."

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +1 +1

    Zika found to remain in sperm for record six months

    The Zika virus has been found in the sperm of an Italian man six months after his first symptoms, twice as long as in previously reported cases. Doctors at the Spallanzani Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome said it pointed to the possibility that the virus was reproducing itself in the male genital tract. The infection is suspected of leading to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. Zika is spread by mosquitos.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +36 +1

    Zika virus: Floridians fear 'Pandora's box' of genetically altered mosquitos

    The Florida Keys are three months away from a straw poll vote on whether to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes on an island just east of Key West, and the tourist destination is awash in lawn signs. Alongside the typical signs to vote for court clerk, judge, sheriff or school board are signs that showcase the overhead view of a mosquito and read: “NO CONSENT to release of genetically modified mosquitoes”. For the last five years, the biotechnology company Oxitec has been developing a plan to experimentally...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +2 +1

    Scientists find drugs for cancer, hepatitis C can kill Zika in petri dish

    Scientists have discovered three existing drugs - used for cancer, hepatitis C and for parasitic infections - that they say appear promising against the Zika virus. The experiments were conducted only in lab-grown human cells in petri dishes, but the results were dramatic. Zika is so devastating that the damage it does has been thought to be irreversible. But the researchers said some of the compounds that the group tested not only allowed cells to live longer in the face of infection - but also in some cases fully recover from them.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +2 +1

    ‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

    On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers. Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ckshenn
    +29 +1

    Millions of bees killed after Zika mosquito spray goes wrong

    When officials in Dorchester County, South Carolina, planned a weekend aerial spraying of pesticide, they were hoping to kill mosquitoes that might be carrying viruses like Zika. The pesticide probably exterminated plenty of the summertime nuisances, infected or not. But the spraying also left millions of honeybees dead because a government employee failed to notify a commercial beekeeper of the spraying schedule, according to the county administrator.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +1

    US beekeepers fear for livelihoods as anti-Zika toxin kills 2.5m bees

    ‘It kills everything’: conservationist warns over threat to other animals but regulators say ‘clear and public health crisis’ allows use of Naled chemical. Huddled around their hives, beekeepers around the south-eastern US fear a new threat to their livelihood: a fine mist beaded with neurotoxin, sprayed from the sky by officials at war with mosquitos that carry the Zika virus.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jcscher
    +35 +1

    Congress Ends Spat, Agrees To Fund $1.1 Billion To Combat Zika

    The deal to fight the mosquito-borne virus came after lawmakers dropped a controversial provision to block payments to Planned Parenthood for women's health care.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +17 +1

    How the Response to Zika Failed Millions

    One year after the W.H.O. declared a public health emergency, experts reflect on the response to the virus and find many aspects wanting. By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by ckshenn
    +2 +1

    ‘Indian firm’s Zika virus vaccine 100% efficient in animal trials’

    The Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s ‘killed Zika virus vaccine’ using an African strain has shown 100% efficacy against mortality and disease in animal studies, a study has shown. A ‘killed virus vaccine’ or ‘inactivated vaccine’ contains virus that has been grown in culture and then killed using physical or chemical processes.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +13 +1

    Miami’s Zika Outbreak Began Months Before It Was First Detected

    Travelers infected with the Zika virus in the Caribbean brought it to South Florida multiple times before officials realized it had reached the U.S., an analysis of virus genomes finds. By Greg Allen.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by canuck
    +2 +1

    Native Australian plant 'kills Zika virus'

    Queensland researchers have found a way to kill the Zika virus using compounds found in an Australian native plant. The compounds halt the virus, which causes birth defects, and stop it replicating without damage to host mammalian cells, QUT scientists say.