First cases of Zika-related microcephaly confirmed in Thailand

October 3, 2016 by  
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Health officials just confirmed the first two cases of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus in Southeast Asia . The cases were both in Thailand , although officials haven’t said exactly where in the country. Zika outbreaks across Southeast Asia prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to warn people, especially pregnant women, against traveling to the area. Out of three cases tested, laboratory tests linked two to the Zika virus in Thailand. Statistics collected by health officials reveal that since the start of 2016, there have been 349 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the nation; 33 of those cases were pregnant women. Some experts have said Thailand has not been forthcoming about the presence of the Zika virus in the country to protect tourism, but Department of Disease Control adviser Prasert Thongcharoen said “Thailand is not hiding anything and is ready to disclose everything.” Related: Zika outbreak declared in Miami Beach The World Health Organization said governments and locals should work to control mosquitoes , said to transmit the Zika virus as well as other illnesses Thailand faces such as dengue , chikungunya, and malaria. Other health officials in the region said they would be monitoring, but they think the number of people who have the Zika virus is likely higher than they know. Philippines health secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubia told Reuters, “We do not test everybody, we test only those who are symptomatic. Yes, we are positive that the number is higher because we are not testing everyone.” Around 80 percent of infected people don’t have any symptoms of the Zika virus. In Singapore , there have been 393 cases of Zika, including 16 pregnant women. The CDC said tourists should think about postponing trips to Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Maldives, Laos, Philippines, Brunei, Timor-Leste, and Myanmar. There is already an Alert Level 2 travel notice in place for Singapore. Via The Los Angeles Times and Reuters Images via Pixabay and screenshot

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WHO: the Zika Virus is officially a public health emergency of international concern

February 2, 2016 by  
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After an Emergency Committee meeting held February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization announced it now officially deems the Zika virus spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean to be a public health emergency of international concern. This designation is expected to result in a coordinated global response “to minimize the threat in affected countries and reduce the risk of further international spread,” according to a statement released yesterday. The mosquito-borne virus is expected to infect up to 4 million people by the end of 2016. Read the rest of WHO: the Zika Virus is officially a public health emergency of international concern

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Zika virus epidemic points to “dystopian future” says Bill McKibben

January 27, 2016 by  
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As the Zika virus continues to spread in Latin American countries, some US residents are worried about the havoc an epidemic could wreak in the States and on the global economy as a whole. The infection’s insidious symptoms and the difficulties in controlling mosquito breeding grounds foreshadow a dystopian future of class segregation and human population control, according to the renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben. Could it really be that bad? Read the rest of Zika virus epidemic points to “dystopian future” says Bill McKibben

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3 Florida residents infected with the Zika virus after Latin America travel

January 22, 2016 by  
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The Zika virus , which has been spreading throughout Latin America in recent weeks and causing birth defects via infection of expecting mothers, has just arrived in the US. Three Florida residents who had recently visited Latin American countries have contracted the virus , though there are no accounts of the virus being spread within the country. While Zika cannot be transmitted from human to human, the biggest concern about infection is for pregnant mothers and the unborn. Read the rest of 3 Florida residents infected with the Zika virus after Latin America travel

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Outbreak of mosquito-borne virus is shrinking babies’ brains throughout South America

January 6, 2016 by  
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A rare virus is causing babies to be born with abnormally small brains and skulls, and the number of cases are drastically increasing. The Zika virus is spreading rapidly throughout South America and now Puerto Rico has been added to the list of countries where babies are suffering from the potentially life-threatening microcephaly. In Brazil, thousands of cases have been reported in the past year, and the government is scrambling to address the problem amid criticism for not acting sooner. Babies with this birth defect have been reported in ten Central and South American countries so far, and it is believed that the virus will continue to spread. Read the rest of Outbreak of mosquito-borne virus is shrinking babies’ brains throughout South America

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