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As U.S. Confirms First Zika-Related Death, Congressional Republicans Still Won’t Approve Emergency Funding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first Zika-virus-related death in the United States, raising new concerns about the severity of the mosquito-borne disease and prompting renewed calls for Congress to approve the Obama administration’s two-month-old request for emergency funding to fight the ongoing outbreak. According to a report released Thursday by the CDC, health officials … Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines

The development of vaccines is classified as one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century, and deservedly so — these cost-effective measures avert hundreds of millions of cases of disease and save millions of lives each year. As we celebrate World Immunization Week (April 24-30), here’s a look at some of the key facts about vaccines: Continue reading

Another, More Common Species Of Mosquito May Be Able To Spread Zika Virus

The Zika virus could potentially be transmitted by an even more common species of mosquitoes, Brazilian scientists announced this week, raising concerns that the outbreak in Central and Latin America could become harder to contain. Until now, Zika virus transmission was thought to be limited to certain species of mosquitoes in the Aedes genus, most … Continue reading

Study Finds Strong Evidence Of Link Between Zika Virus And Guillain-Barre

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence yet that the Zika virus can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare but severe neurological disorder that kills 5 percent of people who develop it and leaves 20 percent permanently disabled. With Zika continuing to spread “explosively” throughout the Americas, affected countries are being told to make sure they have … Continue reading

Zika Virus And Climate Change: 4 Things To Know

The “explosive spread” of Zika virus throughout the Americas and Caribbean islands may seem like an anomaly, but it’s actually just the latest in a number of mosquito-borne illness that have spread beyond their endemic areas in recent years. Scientists have already established a link between climate change and the spread of tropical diseases such … Continue reading

Zika And Emerging Viral Epidemics: When, Where, And Why They Strike

The US looks to be on the brink of a new viral epidemic, as a virus that did not even exist in the region a year ago is now among the top concern of infectious disease specialists across the Western Hemisphere. Zika virus, transmitted primarily by the bites of Aedes mosquitoes, has been found across … Continue reading

The Latest News On Zika Virus: 5 Things To Know

With concerns about Zika virus mounting, President Obama requested $1.8 billion in emergency funds Monday to help combat the disease, which has now spread to more than two-dozen countries, mainly in the Americas and Caribbean islands. The emergency funding request comes just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that their command center … Continue reading

Florida Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Zika Virus Cases

Zika virus is making headlines for the third time this week, after the governor of Florida declared a state of emergency in four counties with confirmed cases of the disease, which is thought to be linked to birth defects and neurological disorders. The news comes just a day after Texas health officials confirmed the first … Continue reading

Texas Reports First Case Of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus In U.S.

Health officials in Texas have confirmed the first case of sexual transmission of the Zika virus in the United States, marking an alarming new development in the global progression of this rapidly-spreading disease. The case, announced Tuesday by Dallas County health officials, involved a local resident who became infected by having sex with a person … Continue reading

WHO: Zika Virus Is Spreading ‘Explosively’ Throughout The Americas

The World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee meeting on Monday to discuss the Zika virus, a condition that is “spreading explosively” throughout the Americas, according to the WHO’s director general, Margaret Chan. Health officials at the meeting will decide if the recent outbreak of the virus — which has been tentatively linked with a … Continue reading

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