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  • Zika Kills Vital Nervous System Cells in Adult Mice, Study Finds

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    Zika Kills Vital Nervous System Cells in Adult Mice, Study Finds THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus kills neural stem cells in the brains of adult mice, giving clues to its effects on the human brain, researchers say. The Zika virus is typically transmitted via mosquitoes and can cause a transient illness. It is most dangerous to pregnant women, due to the virus' link to microcephaly, a devastating birth defect where babies are born with smaller than normal heads and underdevelop...

  • Zika May Persist for Months in Newborns, Study Shows

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    Zika May Persist for Months in Newborns, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's more bad news when it comes to Zika's effect on infants: A case study suggests the virus can live and cause damage in newborns for at least two months after birth. The report, published online Aug. 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine , involves a baby boy born in January to a woman in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Zika is typically transmitted via mosquito bites, but sexual transmission can also occur. T...

  • Zika Not Changing Most Americans' Florida Travel Plans: Poll

    Posted: 08/22/2016

    Zika Not Changing Most Americans' Florida Travel Plans: Poll SATURDAY, Aug. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Concerns around the mosquito-borne Zika virus aren't dampening many Americans' plans to visit Florida, a new survey shows. Puerto Rico may soon be a different story, however, as the Obama administration declared a public health emergency in the U.S. territory on Friday. The number of Zika cases there now total 10,690, with 1,035 of those being infected pregnant women. "This Administration is committe...

  • Zika Not Changing Most Americans' Florida Travel Plans: Poll

    Posted: 08/21/2016

    Zika Not Changing Most Americans' Florida Travel Plans: Poll FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Concerns around the mosquito-borne Zika virus aren't dampening many Americans' plans to visit Florida, a new survey shows. Earlier this month, the first cases of locally acquired Zika infection were confirmed in the Miami-area Wynwood neighborhood. The virus can cause a transitory illness but is most dangerous to pregnant women, since maternal infection can trigger a serious birth defect called microce...

  • Zika May Have Caused Death of Texas Newborn

    Posted: 08/17/2016

    Zika May Have Caused Death of Texas Newborn TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The death of a newborn in Texas is being blamed on a birth defect linked to fetal exposure to the Zika virus, state health officials say. According to a statement released Tuesday by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the baby's mother contracted Zika when she traveled to Latin America during her pregnancy. The Zika virus is typically transmitted via mosquitoes, and is especially dangerous during pregnancy ...

  • Zika Linked to Deformed Limbs in Newborns

    Posted: 08/16/2016

    Zika Linked to Deformed Limbs in Newborns TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus has already been linked to serious birth defects in the brain, and now it looks as if the virus may also cause deformities of joints in the arms and legs of newborns, a new Brazilian study suggests. The condition -- called arthrogryposis -- causes multiple joints to be contracted or curved. This condition hadn't previously been linked to Zika, although two previous reports suggested there might be an assoc...

  • Zika Won't Pose Risks at the Olympics: Health Experts

    Posted: 08/12/2016

    Zika Won't Pose Risks at the Olympics: Health Experts THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil won't trigger a global spread of Zika virus, with little risk of potentially infected competitors and spectators sparking widespread local transmissions back in their home countries, public health experts say. Fear of the mosquito-borne virus has led some athletes to skip the games, which start Friday in Rio de Janeiro. The Zika virus can cause the brain-related birth defect ...

  • Zika: Why Brazil, Why Now

    Posted: 08/12/2016

    Zika: Why Brazil, Why Now THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brazil, by a wide margin, has been the country hit hardest by the ongoing Zika virus epidemic and its potential for birth defects. But, public health officials are at a loss to say exactly why Brazil -- host to the 2016 Summer Olympics that start Friday -- became the epicenter of the epidemic, which began there in early 2015. "We don't fully understand why the epidemic broke out where it did. But we do know that a lot of the factors th...

  • Zika Now Tied to Miscarriage

    Posted: 08/08/2016

    Zika Now Tied to Miscarriage WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dutch researchers are reporting a case of miscarriage tied to maternal infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The virus is best known for its links to a devastating fetal birth defect known as microcephaly, where babies are born with smaller-than-expected heads and brains. But Zika's links to miscarriage haven't been clear. "Data linking Zika virus infection to fetal death have been reported in only a handful of cases," wro...

  • Zika: All About the Mosquito-Borne Disease

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    A to Zika: All About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Mosquitoes are vectors—or carriers—of many diseases. These include such well-known infections as malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. You should also know about Zika. It can be a serious health concern, mainly for mothers-to-be and their unborn babies. What is Zika? Zika is a virus. It was first discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947. For many decades, it was thought to be a rare cause of viral infection. It was found only in small areas of...