Studies in mice show that the Zika virus lives and replicates in the female genital tract and can infect a fetus directly. The virus may possibly replicate more robustly in humans who are more susceptible to Zika virus infection than mice.
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The Network is set up to reach 14,000 women in Puerto Rico with contraceptive access, information and counseling in order to give women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy during the Zika outbreak the means to do so.
Researchers found that the Zika virus can wreak havoc in our brains’ stem cells, which assist with learning and memory.
A new report shows the presence of the Zika virus two months after the baby’s birth, suggesting that newborns may still be at risk for the Zika virus while their brain is still rapidly developing.
Experts say yes as storms wash away previously sprayed insecticides assisting in the spread of mosquitoes and leave standing water behind creating habitats for mosquitoes to breed. Plus, increased outdoor exposure and crowding increases the risk of viral infection.
Brazilian researchers have published a paper showing that the damage to babies’ brains caused by the Zika virus may be far more extensive and diverse than previously known.
A new interactive map created for New York City shows areas with mosquitoes, violations of standing water, and where pesticides are being used.
While there has been no official recommendation that pregnant residents relocate, the CDC’s encouragement to avoid nonessential travel to Miami-Dade for those who are pregnant or trying to conceive is causing some pregnant residents and their families to do just that.
The first death caused by Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition linked to Zika, was reported in Puerto Rico. A total of 34 cases have been reported since the Zika epidemic began.
Cryos International, a large European sperm bank with an office in Florida, is changing how sperm and egg donations are collected in Orlando due to the Zika threat.
The laboratory limitations, complications and sometimes inaccurate and expensive methods for testing Zika have led some scientist to believe that several states up and down the gulf coast and Arizona may already been experiencing Zika outbreaks.
The most recently confirmed cases of Zika in Dallas County include a 6-year-old that recently travel to Guatemala and a 50 year old that traveled to the Dominican Republic. No local transmissions have been reported. A total of 27 cases have been confirmed in Dallas County so far this year.
The estimated total lifetime costs – medical and indirect costs – to care for a baby diagnosed with Congenital Zika Syndrome range from $1M to $10M dollars per case.
An El Paso County resident tested positive for the Zika virus after returning home from a trip to a Miami area known for local Zika transmissions.
Mosquito eggs already laid in containers such as tires or empty buckets could be protected from surging water and be stimulated to hatch after flooding recedes.
With signs saying “No Consent” seen in half of the front yards, residents in Florida’s Key Haven are displaying their skepticism of plans to release genetically modified male mosquitoes.
Brazil enters a new phase of the Zika epidemic by discovering new long-term complications caused by the virus. One hospital in Recife, Brazil was identifying as many as 20 suspected microcephaly cases per day. The high cost of raising babies with congenital Zika syndrome is already straining families and the government that supports them.
The CDC is reviewing advice about how long men should wait before trying to father a child after two men tested positive for Zika virus 188 and 181 days after symptoms started. Current CDC guidelines for men recommend the use of condoms or to not have sex for at least 6 months after symptoms begin.
Researchers at the University of Kansas have created a map that predicts the likelihood of Zika’s exposure and contains transmission factors like mosquito exposure, climate or socioeconomic variables like accessibility for people to travel from Zika-affected areas and spread the virus upon their return.
The woman who set off the Zika scare in Florida is not connected to the areas with a known Zika outbreak, raising the question of how and where are people getting the virus.