Zika travel advisory issued for 11 Southeast Asia countries
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Zika travel advisory issued for 11 Southeast Asia countries

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia because of Zika outbreaks in the region. The advisory issued Thursday, Sept.29, targets travel to Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading

Zika Birth Defects
Health / Latin America & the Caribbean / Lifestyle

Zika Birth Defects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are beginning a study of up to 10,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico, Brazil and other Zika-hit parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, to better understand the virus’ threat. The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced the study Tuesday, saying researchers will enroll participants starting in the first trimester and compare the birth … Continue reading

Malaria-proof mosquito? Tool promising but needs more study
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Malaria-proof mosquito? Tool promising but needs more study

WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful new technology holds the promise of rapidly altering genes to make malaria-proof mosquitoes, eliminate their Zika-carrying cousins or wipe out an invasive species. It’s like hijacking evolution, a way to spread genetic change through insects, animals or plants faster than nature can, but a report Wednesday says these “gene drives” … Continue reading

Virginia ramping up efforts to prevent spread of Zika virus
Health / Local / Science / Virginia

Virginia ramping up efforts to prevent spread of Zika virus

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With the summer mosquito season fast approaching and anxiety about the Zika virus growing, Virginia officials are racing to educate the public and distribute 10,000 Zika prevention kits to pregnant women. The kits, which will be provided through health care providers, include a small bottle of mosquito repellent, educational materials, and … Continue reading

Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo
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Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need. With that financing in limbo, health officials are shifting resources and setting priorities — … Continue reading

US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is
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US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

WASHINGTON (AP) — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments. Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes devastating defects in fetal brains if women become … Continue reading

Q&A: As Zika rages in the Americas, should Asia be worried?
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Q&A: As Zika rages in the Americas, should Asia be worried?

Zika virus continues to rage in the Americas, and the World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency. Taiwan has recently issued a travel advisory for Thailand, warning expectant mothers or women trying to get pregnant to postpone their trips there. But how big of a concern is Zika virus for Asia? Here’s … Continue reading

UN: Zika virus will be ‘way down’ before Rio hosts Olympics
Health / Latin America & the Caribbean

UN: Zika virus will be ‘way down’ before Rio hosts Olympics

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization’s Zika response team is predicting that Brazil will host a “fantastic Olympics” and that the mosquito-borne virus will be “way down” by the time the Summer Games begin in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5. Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s executive director for outbreaks and health … Continue reading