The CDC has upgraded its Zika-related health advisory saying there’s a risk of local transmission in all of Miami-Dade County. Despite mosquito-control efforts, including aerial spraying with Naled, new Zika cases forced health authorities to triple the size of the transmission zone. The Zika Foundation’s Dr. Michael Callahan, who has been fighting the A. aegypti […]
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Given the Aedes mosquito’s availability across the world, the Zika virus is likely to spread to India and the continent of Africa according to the director of the Wellcome Trust.
Sanofi has struck a collaboration deal with a leading Brazilian research institute to speed development of a Zika vaccine. Fiocruz scientists are expected to help in areas such as pre-clinical and clinical studies, as well as vaccine process development and other technical matters.
Nine more locally-acquired cases of Zika have been confirmed for Miami-Dade, along with four travel-related cases. The 14 cases brought the total number of diagnosed cases in the state to 1,078 according to the health department’s website.
Starting next year, Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes will be released across two large urban areas in Brazil and Colombia in hopes of curbing the spread of Zika. Wolbachia bacteria, carried by around 60% of the world’s insect species, will be used in hopes of depriving Aedes mosquitoes the ability to transmit viruses.
According to CDC Director Tom Frieden for every diagnosed Zika case, there’re probably 10 more. Zika and other diseases spread by Aedes aegypti are really not controllable with current technologies so this will become endemic. Frieden’s advice for public officials tasked with protecting the public from disease outbreaks – investment in public health pays off.
Two British tourists have contracted Zika after traveling to Florida. Pregnant women have been advised by the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office to consider postponing non-essential travel to Florida until after pregnancy.
Yessica Flores is getting ultrasounds more frequently than the average pregnant woman. There is the joy of seeing how much her unborn daughter grows every few weeks mixed with the fear of possible defects caused by Zika. The family faces years of uncertainty over whether or not their child will suffer from hearing, vision or […]
Zika infections lead to modifications in the genetic material of both the virus itself and humans’ immune systems, influencing the virus’ spread and the body’s immune response, according to the researchers. Researchers found that when the Zika virus infected a human cell, the cell modified viral RNA to get rid of the infection. But that […]
Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami established a Zika response unit made up of doctors from pediatrics, infectious disease and other specialties to follow these babies – due in spring – as they grow up. Right now, doctors are helping patients cope with the fear that comes from the fact that little is […]