Zika is carried by mosquitoes both in Brownsville and across the border in Mexico. With so many people going back and forth every day, it’s hard to know exactly where they picked Zika up.
With 6 travel-related Zika cases already reported, Maryland officials are starting to gear up efforts for a new outbreak of the Zika virus. With researchers tying the mosquito-borne virus to potentially deadly heart problems, adult Zika patients must now see a cardiologist.
A premature baby with Microcephaly died during childbirth last November in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The diagnosis showed traces of the Zika virus in the amniotic fluid.
$25M in grants have been awarded to 10 universities and research institutions in Florida to speed up development of a Zika vaccine, devise new testing methods and study the long-term impacts of the mosquito-borne virus.
Austin health officials confirm a baby born born with microcephaly had the Zika virus. 20 people, including 6 pregnant women, have tested positive for Zika in Travis County. All cases were travel related.
Factors keeping Zika outbreaks from occurring today in developed countries are socioeconomic related (lifestyle, housing infrastructure and good sanitation). But, natural disasters (hurricanes) and globalization could affect certain communities.
Demand for Caribbean travel increased after the W.H.O declared Zika was no longer a global health emergency; however, that does not mean that Zika is less prevalent for travelers. Experts still advise pregnant women to avoid trips to the area and for all travelers to use repellent.
Puerto Rico is pushing for more federal funds to fight Zika and provide incentives to doctors who don’t normally accept medicaid patients. The CDC estimates that 10,300 pregnant women could be infected and that 100-270 babies could be born with microcephaly.
The CDC designated Brownsville a Zika cautionary area for testing and travel guidance with an advisory that applies to pregnant women, women of reproductive age and their sexual partners who live in or visited Brownsville on or after Oct. 29. Pregnant women are urged to postpone trips to the area. Local pregnant women and their partners should take […]
A study of 345 pregnant women in Rio de Janeiro found 55%, 52% and 29% of babies exposed during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters respectively had birth anomalies or irregular brain findings. Researchers also found that 83% of women who tested negative for Zika had used insect repellent compared to 60% of women who […]