Tag: Zika

Biomarker, Innovation

US researchers find possible biomarkers for Zika-related birth defects

November 6, 2018


The majority of infected patients do not show symptoms or have mild illness with low-grade fever. However, foetuses exposed to the virus are at risk of neurological defects, including microcephaly. The team expects the latest finding to help in developing […]

Biomarker, Innovation

Scientists discover biomarkers for Zika-related birth defects

November 2, 2018

Via: The Medical News

This breakthrough finding could result in a diagnostic test to screen fetuses for Zika-associated birth defects whilst still in the womb. This would reassure expectant mothers that their babies are healthy. The Zika virus is transmitted by the bite of […]


World Health Organization Lifts Emergency Declaration Against Zika

November 21, 2016

Via: Time

Acknowledging Zika is here to stay, the United Nations health agency is lifting a 9-month-old emergency declaration against the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe birth defects when pregnant women are infected. The World Health Organization is instead shifting […]


Zika funds will be used for research, vaccine development

October 4, 2016

Via: Modern Healthcare

The $1.1 billion Congress approved last week for fighting the Zika virus will be used to develop diagnostic tests, put vaccine candidates through clinical trials and to assist state and local health departments with mosquito control. But the monthslong delay […]


Miami Neighborhood Now Free of Zika, Officials Say

September 20, 2016

Via: Time

Authorities declared a victory Monday in stemming further infections of Zika in Miami’s Wynwood arts district, but continued to caution pregnant women about traveling to the city and surrounding areas out of concerns for catching the virus. The U.S. Centers […]


FDA Says All Blood Donations Should Be Tested for Zika

August 29, 2016

Via: Time

Health authorities are recommending that all donated blood for the United States and its territories be tested for the Zika virus. Previously, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had recommended that blood be tested for Zika in areas where […]


How Florida Is Battling Zika—and Apathy

August 11, 2016

Via: Time

Two weeks ago, officials from Florida announced that mosquitoes were spreading the Zika virus in a neighborhood north of downtown Miami; 22 people are now confirmed to have the virus from local bites. But while Zika has state and federal […]


Why Zika Is Totally Out of Control In Puerto Rico

August 2, 2016

Via: Time

Puerto Rico is experiencing an explosion of cases of the Zika virus, something U.S. health officials have feared for some time. In a recent study, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 5,582 people in Puerto […]


Public Health Experts to Senate: Here’s What We Need on Zika

June 30, 2016

Via: MedPageToday

Public health officials explained to a Senate panel on Wednesday how the federal money they have been seeking since February would be spent. “Our bottom line is we’re trying to do everything we can to protect pregnant women,” Rear Adm. […]


A Mosquito Net Descends Across the Americas

January 29, 2016

Via: The Huffington Post Health and Fitness

The social and ideological stresses of the 20th century divided the world into distinct camps; now, as we are forcing the planet’s physical systems to change at the same breakneck pace, it seems possible that we’ll see a replay of […]