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

Leslie Lobel says its unclear whether birth defects in Brazil are linked to Zika, and theres no proof virus causes microcephaly One of the worlds leading virologists has warned against public hysteria surrounding the Zika virus, saying global health authorities need to focus more broadly on prevention of infectious diseases rather than procuring a cure…

Zika virus: Texas and Florida airports at highest risk to receive infected travelers

Boston and New York airports next on list of US airports with greatest number of passengers arriving from areas with confirmed cases of the infectious disease Airports in Florida and Texas are at the highest risk to receive more passengers with the Zika virus in the coming months, according to researchers with a grant from…

Timeline Of The Zika Virus: How The Tropical Disease Affect The US

Health officials in the US are actively pushing for the development of vaccines for the prevention and treatment of the Zika virus, in light of the ongoing outbreak. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been quoted as stating that the situation requires no less than all hands…

Marco Rubio: women with Zika should not be allowed abortions

Florida senator and former presidential nominee says he will stray on the side of life even if newborns will have microcephaly Florida senator Marco Rubio has said women infected with the Zika virus should not be allowed to have abortions, even if their babies have microcephaly, the severe developmental disorder than can result from infection…

Pope Indicates Women Can Use Contraception During Zika Crisis

Pope Francis has weighed in on birth control amidst the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America, suggesting that women could use contraception to prevent a pregnancy. However, the pope stopped short of condoning abortion. “Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil, ” Francis said, according to multiple reports. “In certain cases, as in this one…

Singapore authorities corroborate 41 cases of Zika

All are residents or workers, predominantly foreign, in a particular suburban residential and industrial district Singapore has confirmed 41 locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus, which can cause deformities in unborn babies, and says more infections are likely. A day after announcing its first locally transmitted example, that of a 47 -year-old female Malaysian…

Zika: South Beach corroborated as second site of US-based transmission

CDC adds popular Florida tourist destination to travel warning after five instances confirmed, but governor Rick Scott says country wont advise people to stay away The CDC has added South Beach to its traveling warning, after it was identified as the second site of Zika transmission by mosquitos on the US mainland. But Floridas governor,…

Very low hazard of Zika virus spreading internationally after Olympics, WHO says

Emergency committee on virus concludes that risk of mosquito-borne cancers spreading further through mass meet is very low There is a very low risk of international spread of the Zika virus as a result of the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organisations emergency committee on Zika has concluded. The panel assessed information and research on…

In the race for a Zika cure, politics may not be working- but science is | Amesh Adalja

Scientists have built great strides towards the diagnosis of and vaccination for the virus in record time As an infectious disease physician, scanning breaking news headlines for stories about Zika is a work-related hobby. The latest bit of bad news to cross the wire, on Thursday, was the verification that mosquitoes in Miami Beach harbor…

Miami now has a 1-mile no-go zone for pregnant women, thanks to Zika virus

MIAMI, FL – JULY 30: Sharon Nagel, a Miami-Dade County mosquito control inspector, walks through the Wynwood neighborhood looking for mosquitos .Image: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images A localise Zika virus outbreak in Miami inspired the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC) to issue a rare travelling advisory on Monday, cautioning pregnant women or women…