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Zika Appears To Affect Women More Than Men

Zika Appears To Affect Women More Than Men

Adult women in Puerto Rico were significantly more likely to develop Zika than men, researchers said on Thursday, raising new questions about the potential role of sexual transmission of the virus from males to females. The study, published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on death and disease, evaluated more […]

6 Critical Things Zika And Lyme Disease Have In Common

6 Critical Things Zika And Lyme Disease Have In Common

News stories about the Zika virus affecting pregnant women in Florida, or precautions Olympic athletes had to take in Rio de Janeiro to prevent Zika from spreading further, intrigue us. It’s no surprise, given that Zika has been declared to be a “global health security threat” for some time now. What may be more alarming […]

Men Can Spread Zika Virus Sexually Even If They Have No Symptoms

Men Can Spread Zika Virus Sexually Even If They Have No Symptoms

New Zika research released on Friday has found that the virus may spread sexually from a man to a woman even if the man had no symptoms of Zika infection. The finding came from a report in Maryland where a man who was infected with Zika in the Dominican Republic but had no symptoms infected […]

CDC Issues Historic Travel Warning Over Miami Zika Outbreak

CDC Issues Historic Travel Warning Over Miami Zika Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning Monday, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is actively circulating. This is the first time the CDC has warned people not to travel to an American neighborhood for fear […]

Spain Sees First Zika-Related Microcephaly Birth In Europe

Spain Sees First Zika-Related Microcephaly Birth In Europe

A hospital in Spain says it has registered Europe’s first case of a baby born with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus. Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona said the baby’s mother contracted the virus after a trip to Latin America. The baby, born on Monday, is believed to be the only recorded case of Zika-related […]

Colombia Declares End To Zika Epidemic As Spread Of Virus Levels Off

Colombia Declares End To Zika Epidemic As Spread Of Virus Levels Off

Colombia has declared an end to its Zika epidemic with the spread of the virus levelling off in the country after infecting nearly 100,000 people – even as it continues to sweep through other areas of Latin America, and is keeping some athletes away from the Olympic Games in Brazil. “Colombia is the first country […]

Zika Emergency Pushes Women To Challenge Brazil’s Abortion Law

Zika Emergency Pushes Women To Challenge Brazil’s Abortion Law

Women’s groups in Brazil are set to challenge the abortion laws this summer in the hope of making a safe and legal termination possible for women at risk of delivering a baby born with defects after exposure to the Zika virus. “Women should be able to decide and have the means to terminate pregnancies because […]

Guinea-Bissau Confirms Three Cases Of Zika Virus, Government Says

Guinea-Bissau Confirms Three Cases Of Zika Virus, Government Says

Guinea-Bissau has confirmed its first three cases of the Zika virus in a group of islands off the mainland and has set up an emergency committee to stop further transmission of the disease, the government said on Friday. Experts have feared the tiny nation could become a gateway for Zika’s spread to mainland West Africa, […]

WHO Rejects Calls To Move Olympics Over Zika fears

WHO Rejects Calls To Move Olympics Over Zika fears

The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shunning a call by doctors and scientists to shift the games over the Zika virus. The UN health body outlined its stance in a statement late Friday after a group of 150 […]

It’s Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly And Other Birth Defects

It’s Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly And Other Birth Defects

Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. While there isn’t yet “conclusive proof” that the mosquito-borne virus causes severe birth defects, health officials asserted that the totality of the research thus far clearly shows that there is a causal connection, and […]

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