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  • Zika Spreading Rapidly Through Puerto Rico: CDC

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Zika Spreading Rapidly Through Puerto Rico: CDC FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus is spreading fast through Puerto Rico, placing hundreds of pregnant women at risk for delivering babies with the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Testing of blood donations in Puerto Rico -- "our most accurate real-time leading indicator of Zika activity" -- shows that more and more people on the U.S. island territory hav...

  • Zika's Delivery Via Mosquito Bite May Boost Its Effect

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Zika's Delivery Via Mosquito Bite May Boost Its Effect TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The inflammation caused by a mosquito bite helps Zika and other viruses spread through the body more quickly, a new study in mice suggests. "Mosquito bites are not just annoying -- they are key for how these viruses spread around your body and cause disease," said senior study author Dr. Clive McKimmie. He is a research fellow in the School of Medicine, at the University of Leeds in England. "We now want to...

  • Zika Can Also Strike Eyes of Adults: Report

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Zika Can Also Strike Eyes of Adults: Report WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in Brazil report that a man infected with Zika developed a potentially severe eye condition, in another sign that the dreaded virus can harm vision in both babies and adults. "Zika patients should report every single symptom to their doctors, especially if they present with any kind of eye symptoms," said report co-author Dr. Benedito Antonio Lopes da Fonseca, an associate professor at the University of Sao ...

  • Zika Could Spread in Southern Europe This Summer

    Posted: 06/21/2016

    Zika Could Spread in Southern Europe This Summer TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus could spread in southern Europe this summer if it's introduced to the region by infected travelers, researchers warn. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is present in southern Europe. An analysis of a number of factors, including temperatures and air traveler patterns, suggests that parts of southern Europe may be at risk for Zika outbreaks between June and August. "We know wa...

  • Zika Threat Calls for Extra Mosquito Protection This Summer

    Posted: 06/09/2016

    Zika Threat Calls for Extra Mosquito Protection This Summer THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With the Zika threat growing in the United States, people need to take extra steps to protect themselves against the mosquito species that carries the virus, experts say. The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Symptoms of infection include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes that may last for a week. The virus is especially dangerous for pregnant women and those considering becoming p...

  • Zika Infections Through Sex More Common Than Thought: WHO

    Posted: 06/07/2016

    Zika Infections Through Sex More Common Than Thought: WHO TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women planning to become pregnant should wait at least eight weeks before trying to conceive if they or their partner live in -- or are returning from -- areas where Zika virus infections are occurring, U.N. health officials now recommend. Mosquito bites remain the most common source of infection of the virus that causes the severe birth defect microcephaly, which results in babies with abnormally small h...

  • Zika Symptoms May Vary, So Testing Is Crucial

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Zika Symptoms May Vary, So Testing Is Crucial WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika infection isn't always obvious. In one recent case, a rash, bloodshot eyes and spots in the mouth were key symptoms of infection with the mosquito-borne virus, researchers report. The 44-year-old patient had no fever, a common sign of Zika infection. But he complained of headache, fatigue and redness on his arms and hands just days after returning to the United States from Puerto Rico, where the mosquito-borne...

  • Zika Destroys Fetal Brain Cells, Lab Study Finds

    Posted: 05/16/2016

    Zika Destroys Fetal Brain Cells, Lab Study Finds FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The terrible birth defects caused by Zika virus appear to be the result of an immune system response that triggers prenatal brain cell suicide and obstructs fetal brain development, a new lab study reports. The virus apparently activates an immune receptor called TLR3, which the body uses to identify and defend against invading viruses, said lead researcher Tariq Rana. He is a professor of pediatrics and genetics at...

  • Zika Virus Causes Brain Defects in Babies: CDC

    Posted: 04/20/2016

    Zika Virus Causes Brain Defects in Babies: CDC WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika virus is a definite and direct cause of microcephaly and other brain-related birth defects, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday. "It is now clear," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a midday media briefing. "The CDC has concluded that Zika does cause microcephaly." "There is still a lot that we don't know, but there is no longer any doubt that Zi...

  • Zika May Be Linked to Autoimmune Brain Disorder, Study Says

    Posted: 04/18/2016

    Zika May Be Linked to Autoimmune Brain Disorder, Study Says SUNDAY, April 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus may be linked to yet another brain disorder, this one similar to multiple sclerosis, researchers report. The mosquito-borne virus is already suspected of causing a birth defect called microcephaly -- characterized by an abnormally small head and brain -- and a nervous system disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Now, a new study reports a possible link between Zika and an autoimmune d...