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Zika Virus: Are Climate & Ecological Factors Driving Spread of Viral Diseases in the Americas?

Democracy Now! - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
We look at the spread of the Zika virus, which scientists have linked to rising temperatures from global warming because of the increased incidence of mosquito-borne infections.

You are more likely to get these diseases than the Zika virus

MarketWatch - ‎6 hours ago‎
Zika virus may be on the tip of every tongue, but the cold reality is that many other diseases are far more likely to infect Americans right now.
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The Zika Virus Isn't Just an Epidemic. It's Here to Stay.

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎Jan 28, 2016‎
But Marcelo Castro, the minister of health from the country hardest hit by the virus, Brazil, warns that Zika has already gone from being an epidemic to an endemic disease in his country, meaning Zika may now be a permanent feature of the nation's ecology.
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Zika virus: WA adult tests positive to infection after Central American trip

ABC Online - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
"The Zika infection is only transmitted via Aedes mosquitoes, and not by human-to-human contact, except possibly, very rarely, by sexual means," he said.
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As Zika spreads, scientists race to learn more about virus

Miami Herald - ‎20 hours ago‎
In 2007, physicians working on a remote island in the western Pacific Ocean reported an outbreak of an illness with flu-like symptoms similar to dengue fever, a debilitating viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes and well documented since the 18th ...
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Zika virus: Inside Uganda's forest where the disease originates

BBC News - ‎Jan 29, 2016‎
The Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains in Brazil, was discovered in a forest in the East African state of Uganda seven decades ago.

Zika virus: Canadian pregnant women who've visited affected countries should see their doctor - ‎37 minutes ago‎
The first test can detect the virus in blood or urine up to seven to 10 days after illness. After that the virus “disappears” it's harder to find, so a second serology test has been developed. Canada started administering the test this week. The ...
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Scientists Investigate How Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects

New York Times - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
As a result, the true scale of virus-caused birth defects remains unknown. “I don't think we have a good estimate of the number that are due to congenital infections,” said Peggy Honein, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The OTHER killer disease in Zika mosquitos: Guillain-Barré syndrome

Daily Mail - ‎Feb 6, 2016‎
As scientists continue to investigate the worrying link between the outbreak of the Zika virus and the birth defect condition microcephaly, concerns remain that the mosquito-borne infection may also be behind another rare but deadly condition which can ...
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EMA creates Zika virus task force

PMLiVE - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has assembled a task force to assist those developing vaccines and treatments for the Zika virus. The panel of specialists combines expertise in vaccines and knowledge of infectious diseases, and will be available to ...

Urgent action is needed to stop Zika virus disease, warns IFRC

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - ‎Jan 28, 2016‎
Geneva, 28 January 2016: Urgent action is needed to contain the Zika virus disease that is now present in 22 countries and territories in the Americas, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned today.
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Zika's long, strange trip into the limelight

Science Magazine - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
On 18 April 1947, a rhesus monkey that researchers identified as 766 ran a fever of 39.7°C, about 2°C higher than normal. The monkey was part of a study hunting for yellow fever virus and was living in a cage on a platform built into the tree canopy in ...
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Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

NPR - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
He says really, though, those other viruses were his focus - his lab did very little with Zika, which was thought to cause a mild illness, if any. But everything changed last fall, when Weaver went to a conference and heard the shocking news that Zika ...
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Opinion: Now is not the time to panic about Zika virus

Taranaki Daily News - ‎21 hours ago‎
OPINION: Zika, the mosquito-borne virus spreading through the Americas that has been linked to thousands of babies born with underdeveloped brains (microcephaly), is just the latest new disease to spread panic around the world. And wait! News just in ...
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Worldwide bee epidemic linked to human cause: colony trafficking

UC Berkeley - ‎2 hours ago‎
The disease is one of many threats to bee populations around the world, usually lumped together as colony collapse disorder.
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Bee crisis linked to virus spread by humans

Mother Nature Network (blog) - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
At least two other scourges share the blame: Varroa mites and deformed wing virus (DWV). Neither is considered a major threat to bee populations on its own, but when Varroa mites carry DWV, the combo can be catastrophic.
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Painful Symptoms Persist After Zika Virus Infection, Virginia Woman Says

ABC News - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
A Virginia woman recounted her painful ordeal with the Zika virus and said she still has some lingering symptoms related to the earlier infection. Heather Baker told ABC News that she is still dealing with health issues after being diagnosed with the ...
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Nine Diseases You Can Get From Kissing

SFGate (blog) - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
This disease, usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), spreads through saliva and is often referred to as “mono” or “the kissing disease.” Symptoms are very similar to those of the flu and include a fever, sore throat, fatigue, muscle weakness ...
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Why quarantines won't stop the Zika virus

Vox - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Zika is a much different virus. It is spread mainly through mosquitoes, and most people show no symptoms of the disease. A traveler would need to be returning to a region where the mosquito that carries the virus is present in order to pose an outbreak ...

Unraveling the Zika Virus Mystery: Lessons Learned from Another Flavivirus

The Disease Daily - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Flaviviridae flavivirus is the largest genus and is often insect-borne. Many dozens of species in the flavivirus genus have been identified, including some important zoonotic diseases. West Nile Virus, Japanese Encephalitis Virus, and Yellow Fever join ...