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  • Zika Babies May Look Normal at Birth, Display Brain Defects Later: CDC

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Zika Babies May Look Normal at Birth, Display Brain Defects Later: CDC TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies exposed to the Zika virus in the womb can look normal at birth but later show signs of the devastating birth defect microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, researchers reported Tuesday. Scientists found that 13 infants in Brazil who were exposed to the mosquito-borne virus during gestation had normal head size as newborns, but subsequently experienced slower head growth. Eleven of...

  • Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says

    Posted: 11/28/2016

    Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe birth defects in the infants of infected mothers, is no longer a "global health emergency," the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) declared Friday. A WHO advisory panel said that while the spread of Zika remains of great importance, it should now be classed with other mosquito-borne maladies such as malaria or yellow fever, The New York Times repo...

  • Zika Can Survive on Hard Surfaces for Hours

    Posted: 11/22/2016

    Zika Can Survive on Hard Surfaces for Hours TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that the Zika virus can be transmitted through mosquito bites or, more rarely, sexual contact. Now, new research raises the prospect that the virus might be able to survive for several hours on hard, nonporous surfaces such as countertops, floors and doorknobs. There's good news, too, however: Common disinfectants are highly effective at killing any Zika that lands on these surfaces, the researchers sa...

  • Zika Testing for All Pregnant Women Who Have Been in Florida County: CDC

    Posted: 10/29/2016

    Zika Testing for All Pregnant Women Who Have Been in Florida County: CDC THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are now recommending that all pregnant women who have recently spent time in any part of Miami-Dade County in Florida be tested for Zika infection. Previously, testing had only been urged for pregnant women who had been in areas of the county where Zika had been spreading locally. This latest advisory extends that recommendation to the entire county and covers the pe...

  • Zika Infection May Bring Future Immunity: Study

    Posted: 10/23/2016

    Zika Infection May Bring Future Immunity: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who've been infected with Zika face a low risk for another bout with the virus that can cause birth defects, a new study contends. "The research shows that infection provides excellent protection against reinfection," Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University, said in a university news release. "This means people infected during this current epidemic will likely...

  • Zika Virus Can Damage Fetal Brain Late in Pregnancy: Study

    Posted: 10/19/2016

    Zika Virus Can Damage Fetal Brain Late in Pregnancy: Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus may harm a baby's brain even if the mother is infected just before giving birth, a new study suggests. It had been believed that Zika infection posed a threat to a baby's brain only if the mother was infected during the first trimester. Since the Zika outbreak began in Brazil in April 2015, thousands of babies have been born with the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, in wh...

  • Zika Connection to Rare Nerve Disorder Bolstered by Study

    Posted: 10/12/2016

    Zika Connection to Rare Nerve Disorder Bolstered by Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a new report, an international team of researchers said it has developed the strongest evidence to date that Zika virus can cause a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Neurologists from Johns Hopkins University working with researchers at six hospitals in Colombia said they detected Zika virus in the body fluids of a group of people suffering symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome. Guill...

  • Zika Causes Widespread Damage to Fetal Brain

    Posted: 10/11/2016

    Zika Causes Widespread Damage to Fetal Brain MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study shows that Zika virus causes so much varied damage throughout the fetal brain that researchers are suggesting the term "congenital Zika syndrome" be used to describe the numerous birth defects. Microcephaly -- an underdeveloped skull and brain -- is the hallmark birth defect caused by Zika, which is mainly transmitted by mosquito bite. But the study of 11 Zika-infected infants in Brazil -- the epicenter of ...

  • Zika May Be Passed on Through Tears, Sweat: Report

    Posted: 10/05/2016

    Zika May Be Passed on Through Tears, Sweat: Report WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus might be able to pass from person to person through bodily fluids like tears or sweat, doctors reported Wednesday. A 38-year-old man in Salt Lake City appears to have contracted Zika while caring for an elderly man who died from complications related to Zika infection, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine . The younger man came into direct contact with the older man's t...

  • Zika Found in Eye Fluid in Study

    Posted: 09/22/2016

    Zika Found in Eye Fluid in Study THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika can be detected in fluid inside the eyelid and in the eye's outermost layer, a new study shows. Some people infected with Zika develop conjunctivitis, an eye infection common among children known as "pink eye," the study authors explained. And the researchers noted that infants born with Zika-related microcephaly -- a birth defect characterized by a small head and abnormal brain development -- have also had significant da...