The Zika outbreak may have prompted a drop in the number of live births in Rio de Janeiro. Researchers believe that very early miscarriages and pregnancy avoidance may be to blame.
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Professionals warn that a Zika outbreak in the Rio Grande Valley at the southernmost tip on the Texas border with Mexico is just a matter of time. With 1.3M people live in poverty – many without AC and window screens – this area is conducive to an outbreak.
20,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a naturally occurring bacteria called Wolbachia were recently released in the Florida Keys. When the infected males mate with female mosquitoes, the eggs she produces won’t hatch. Florida’s mosquito-control experts are hoping for a decline in Aedes aegypti population and the number of locally-transmitted Zika cases.
CDC warns Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants.
A clinical trial of an experimental Zika vaccine containing live virus, based on measles immunization technology, has begun in 48 healthy volunteers by Austrian biotech company Themis Bioscience in Vienna, Austria.
Texas is recommending Zika virus testing for women in their 1st and 2nd trimesters in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties.
A baby born recently in San Diego County is the first in the region to suffer birth defects after the infant’s mother contracted the Zika virus while traveling abroad. A total of 87 people in San Diego County have tested positive for Zika, and all of the infections occurred while the patients were in other […]
Researchers at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine began Phase 2 clinical trials for a Zika vaccine that is expected to have results as early as the end of this year. The first part of phase 2 will have 90 healthy volunteers vaccinated to determine the optimal dose and injection site of the vaccine.
County inspectors say construction sites can double as breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying Zika. Mayor Carlos Gimenez plans to beef up the county’s mosquito ordinance, including a provision governing construction sites.
A drug – being studied as a preventative measure against fetal infection – would contain glycosaminoglycans, which the virus would find so irresistible that it would turn up its nose at the sugars in human cell membranes.