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57 Zika cases in PH – DOH

Feb 03, 2017 - 6:23 PM

The Zika virus is detected in the National Capital Region CALABARZON Central Luzon Central Visayas and Western Visayas

Zika babies can develop microcephaly in first year

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The latest study shows the first laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection in the womb leading to microcephaly developing after birth

MICROCEPHALY. Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Zika no longer a world public health emergency – WHO

Nov 19, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long term problem but it is not any more a public health emergency of international concern says a World Health Organization official

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 28, 2016 shows physical therapist Isana Santana treating Ruan Hentique dos Santos, suffering from microcephalia caught through an Aedes Aegypti mosquito bite, at Obras Socias irma dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 28 , 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Myanmar detects first Zika infection

Oct 28, 2016 - 12:32 PM

Authorities confirmed the infection in the 32 year old foreign woman yesterday following a laboratory test state run Global New Light of Myanmar reports

FIRST CASE. Myanmar reports that a pregnant foreign woman had been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. File photo from Wikipedia

DOH: Zika virus endemic in PH

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:54 PM

It was just established within the week that the Philippines is indeed endemic for Zika virus Category 2 says lawmaker Scott Davies Lanete who sponsored the health department s proposed budget at the Lower House

ENDEMIC. Health officials say the Philippines is endemic for Zika virus. File photo of a jar with larvas of Aedes eegypti mosquito by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

US extends 6-month warning to men over Zika risk

Oct 01, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Men who live in or have traveled to an area of active Zika transmission are now urged to wait half a year before attempting conception regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with Zika or showed any symptoms

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 25, 2016 shows an Aedes Aegypti mosquito sitting on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

US man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears, sweat

Sep 30, 2016 - 8:11 PM

Tests show an unusually high concentration of Zika virus in the father s blood more than 100 000 times greater than levels found in other patients according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly – ministry

Sep 30, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The World Health Organization has earlier said any confirmed cases in Thailand would be the first identified in Southeast Asia

FIGHTING ZIKA. A municipal worker fumigates a residential area against the Aedes aegypti mosquito as a preventive measure against the spread of the dengue fever in Bangkok on February 5, 2016. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

2 experimental Zika vaccines show promise in monkey studies

Sep 23, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Experts say it will be years before a vaccine is developed to prevent infection from Zika

ZIKA RESEARCH. Sarah Kohn of the Wisconsin National Primate research Center (WNPRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, performs an ultrasound on a pregnant rhesus macaque monkey infected with the Zika virus on June 28, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

2 more people tested positive for Zika virus in Iloilo City

Sep 13, 2016 - 12:05 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial: All 3 cases have since recovered from their very mild illness and did not require hospitalization

Perempuan di Filipina positif terinfeksi virus Zika

Sep 05, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Ini menjadi kasus ke 6 yang terkonfirmasi usai dilakukan pemeriksaan laboratorium sejak tahun 2012

CEGAH NYAMUK. Petugas melakukan pengasapan untuk mencegah penyebararan nyamuk Aedes aegypti yang diduga menyebarkan virus Zika di Soyapango, sebelah timur San Salvador, Elsavador, 21 January 2016. Foto oleh Marvin Recinos/ AFP

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Sep 05, 2016 - 9:54 AM

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Zika cases in Singapore reach 215

Sep 03, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Scientists in the city state also complete the genetic sequencing of the virus and confirm that the strain there comes from within Asia

A pest control worker fumigates the grounds of a residential estate in the Bedok North area of Singapore on September 1, 2016.  Singapore's Zika outbreak escalated September 1 after Malaysia said one of its citizens returned infected from the city-state as the government expanded its fumigation drive to a new area identified as a potential cluster for the virus. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Man dies in Malaysia's first locally transmitted Zika case

Sep 03, 2016 - 9:45 PM

UPDATED The 61 year old patient had already been in fragile health due to heart problems and other ailments

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 07, 2016 shows a mosquito in Mexico City on May 7, 2016.  At least 2.6 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where Zika could gain a new foothold, researchers warned on September 2, with 1.2 billion at risk in India alone. / AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

2.6 billion people in Zika risk areas in Africa, Asia – study

Sep 02, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Sporadic cases of Zika have previously been reported in Africa and Asia but nobody knows whether they were widespread enough for populations to acquire resistance to the virus

FIGHT VS ZIKA. A pest control worker fumigates the grounds of a residential estate in the Bedok North area of Singapore on September 1, 2016. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Kementerian Luar Negeri pastikan 1 WNI di Singapura terinfeksi virus Zika

Sep 01, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Berdasarkan data yang diperoleh KBRI Singapura 1 WNI itu sudah keluar dari rumah sakit Namun situasi kesehatannya terus dipantau oleh Kementerian Kesehatan Singapura

VIRUS ZIKA. Nyamuk aedes aegypti di dalam sebuah kontainer di sebuah lab di Sao Paulo, Brasil, pada 8 Januari 2016. Foto oleh Nelson Almeida/AFP

Malaysia reports first suspected Zika case

Sep 01, 2016 - 1:19 PM

UPDATED A 58 year old Malaysian woman is believed to have contracted the virus in neighboring Singapore

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP/File

Singapore wages war on mosquitoes as suspected Zika cases reach 50

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Inspectors from the National Environment Agency checking for mosquito breeding sites visit homes in the eastern Aljunied Crescent district where 41 cases are confirmed

ZIKA TROUBLES. Residents walk to work past a public service announcement banner against the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, a carrier for the Zika virus, at a residential block at Aljunied Crescent neighbourhood in Singapore on August 29, 2016. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore reports 41 locally transmitted Zika cases

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED Out of the infected 36 are foreign laborers working at a construction site

(FILES) This photograph taken in Singapore on April 5, 2016 shows a worker fumigating an area against mosquitoes which carry the dengue virus at a residential estate.  Singapore on August 28, 2016 reported 40 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infections, most of them foreign workers at a construction site. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Zika-hit Miami neighborhood safe – Florida governor

Aug 08, 2016 - 12:21 AM

Florida Governor Rick Scott says authorities are doing a very good job of working to get rid of the mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 06: A plane sprays pesticide over the Wynwood neighborhood in the hope of controlling and reducing the number of mosquitos, some of which may be capable of spreading the Zika virus on August 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. This is the second round of aerial spraying in the area as the county continues to try and prevent the Zika virus from spreading. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid the area. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Tens of thousands of babies may be born with Zika disorders – study

Jul 25, 2016 - 11:37 PM

Mathematical projections suggest about 93 4 million people may catch the virus – including some 1 65 million pregnant women – before the epidemic fizzles out a team reports in the journal Nature Microbiology

ZIKA BABY. Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephaly caught through an Aedes aegypti mosquito bite, at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Zika found in sperm after record 93 days – report

Jul 22, 2016 - 11:19 PM

The previous longest recorded virus survival in semen is 62 days after the onset of symptoms

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Golf: Day, Lowry out of Olympics over Zika fears

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Jason Day and Shane Lowry both say they must prioritize their families welfare over competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Antibodies found which 'neutralize' Zika virus – study

Jun 23, 2016 - 11:37 PM

The antibodies – frontline soldiers in the immune system – efficiently neutralize Zika in human cells in lab dishes and are also effective against its cousin virus dengue the team reported

FIGHTING ZIKA. US Pathologist of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Brigid Bollweg (C) works at a laboratory of the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26, 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

$122 million needed to fight Zika over 18 months – WHO

Jun 17, 2016 - 10:04 PM

The ongoing Zika outbreak affects more than 60 countries Brazil remains the hardest hit country with Rio de Janeiro set to host the Olympics in less than two months

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

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Jun 11, 2016 - 10:29 PM

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VIRUS ZIKA. Satu WNI dinyatakan oleh Pusat Pengendalian Penyakit (CDC) Taiwan positif terinfeksi virus zika saat tiba di negara itu.

Olympics should move due to Zika concerns, say 150 experts

May 28, 2016 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Our greater concern is for global health The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before says an open letter signed by experts from over 10 countries including the Philippines

ZIKA CONCERNS. A local worker disinfects the toilets of famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades o fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. The carnival stadium Sambadrome will host the archery events during the Summer Olympic Games Rio 2016. File photo by Marecelo Sayao/EPA

Zika crisis fueled by 'massive policy failure' – WHO chief

May 24, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The World Health Organization s Margaret Chan also warns that failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services has exacerbated the crisis

epa05325198 China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) adresses her statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2016. The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) meets from 23 to 28 May 2016 in Geneva. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

High risk of Zika virus spread in Black Sea area – WHO

May 18, 2016 - 10:08 PM

The reason for the high level threat in those areas is the presence there of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which carry the Zika virus

AEDES AEGYPTI. A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, 26 April 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz

Mice experiments show how Zika invades placenta, fetus

May 12, 2016 - 4:55 PM

The studies illustrate how the virus could invade the brain of a developing fetus and trigger complications

epa05278988 A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, 26 April 2016. Lowering the risks of Zika in pregnant women requires 'fast' measures because humanity has 'never before' faced a mosquito-borne disease with birth defects, said Honein, an expert from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. EPA/LEONARDO MUNOZ

Disease experts to compare Zika notes in Paris

Apr 24, 2016 - 1:09 PM

The experts will also review progress in the development of Zika diagnostics and vaccines

ZIKA RESEARCH. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil's woes mount as swine flu adds to Zika problem

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The outbreak of Type A of the H1N1 virus has killed 46 people in less than two months in Brazil That is 10 times the figure for all of 2015 the country s health ministry says

Bangladesh confirms first case of Zika virus

Mar 22, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The case dates back to 2014 – a 67 year old Bangladeshi man whose condition is now fine

epa05152810 An Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever and Zika virus, is pictured at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Insect Pest Control Laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, 10 February 2016. Several Latin American countries searching for ways to control Zika-carrying mosquitoes have recently turned to the IAEA for help. Brazil, El Salvador and several other Central American countries have expressed interest in using technology to sterilize male mosquitoes by irradiating them to drive down populations of the insect. Experts of the IAEA and the UN have developed ways to breed millions of these insects and to expose them to a few minutes of radiation, a method that does not make the animals radioactive. EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

Birth defect risk 1-in-100 for Zika-infected pregnant women – study

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:57 AM

The statistical analysis of a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013 14 that spread to 2 3 of the population is the most rigorous attempt yet to quantify the risk of microcephaly

Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. Christophe Simon/AFP

US resident who visited PH tests positive for Zika

Mar 06, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin assures the public that there is no cause for alarm as there is no epidemic

Experiments show link between Zika and fetal brain damage

Mar 05, 2016 - 9:18 AM

The findings are the first concrete evidence of a link between the mosquito borne virus and microcephaly which until now had been circumstantial

ZIKA VIRUS. A soldier fumigates against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito as part of the campaign against Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna in Habana, Cuba, February 22, 2016. File photo by EPA/Ernesto Mastrascusa

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Google, UNICEF to map spread of Zika virus

Mar 03, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The Internet giant aims to help predict potential outbreaks so governments and NGOs will know where to focus

epa05165560 Workers fumigate a train car at a train depot in Seoul's Gangseo Ward, South Korea, 17 February 2016, as a precaution against the spread of the Zika virus (ZIKV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the same day that the government will launch a nationwide mosquito control program to prevent the import of the mosquito-borne virus. The control efforts will target the Asian tiger mosquito, said to spread the virus that causes microcephaly in unborn children. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Cuba reports first case of Zika

Mar 02, 2016 - 11:20 PM

The first Zika patient in Cuba is a 28 year old female doctor from Venezuela

Health authorities with the help of the Cuban army fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue in a street of Havana, on February 23, 2016. Cuban President Raul Castro announced Monday that 9,200 troops and police have been mobilized in a campaign to eliminate mosquitoes and protect the country against the Zika virus. Cuba has not officially recorded any cases of the mosquito-borne virus, which is strongly suspected of causing serious birth defects in babies born to infected mothers. But 28 countries and territories in the Americas and the Caribbean have reported cases of active Zika transmission, with 1.5 million in Brazil, the hardest-hit country. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE

Colombia reports almost 43,000 Zika cases

Feb 28, 2016 - 7:25 AM

More than 7 000 of those infected are pregnant

epa05132142 Residents wait outside as Health Secretary workers fumigate their homes to avoid the spread of the 'Aedes aegypti' in Cali, Colombia, 28 January 2016. The fast spread of the Zika virus in the Americas has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan said on 28 January in Geneva. 'The level of alarm is extremely high,' Chan told WHO member state representatives meeting in Geneva, noting that the virus was spreading 'explosively' through mosquitoes in the region. There are estimates that there may have been 1.5 million Zika cases in this year's Olympic host country Brazil, where the outbreak started last year, senior WHO officials said. EPA/Christian Escobar Mora

US details cases of 9 pregnant women with Zika virus

Feb 27, 2016 - 8:49 AM

Health officials say two of the women miscarried and two elected to terminate their pregnancies

ZIKA AND PREGNANCY. A picture made available on February 12, 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregrnacy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Czech Republic reports first two Zika cases

Feb 25, 2016 - 7:41 PM

The two patients who are undergoing home care both visited the Caribbean recently

epa05148371 View of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito larva in a laboratory in San Salvador, El Salvador, on 07 February 2016. EPA/Oscar Rivera

Pope Francis on Zika: Contraception a lesser evil

Feb 19, 2016 - 1:53 AM

The pontiff says abortion is a crime but adds that avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil

epa05156298 A picture made available on 12 February 2016 of Leticia de Araujo (L) holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 February 2016. The mother Leticia de Araujo, who caught the Zika virus during her third month of pregnancy, says that it is possible to raise her daughter in a completely normal way. 'The only difference is that Manuelly has a time when she cries a lot and gets very nervous waving her arms' but 'beyond that is normal'. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

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Feb 13, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Pregnant woman diagnosed with Zika in Australia

Feb 10, 2016 - 5:07 PM

The woman became infected with the Zika virus abroad according to Australian officials

epa05138467 A picture dated 30 January 2016 showing the mosquito Aedes Aegypti in San Jose, Costa Rica. Costa Rica's Health Ministry announced on 31 January 2016, that as part of efforts to combat the Aedes Aegypti that transmits zika, dengue and chikunguna, it plans to use a bacteria to attack it. The bacteria called 'spinosad' (Saccharopolyspora spinosa) is applied as a pill in water tanks large, natural or not, where mosquito breeding is suspected. A panel of WHO-appointed experts is to meet 01 February 2016 to advise WHO chief Margaret Chan whether the situation should be classified as a so-called public health emergency of international concern, as was the case with Ebola. EPA/Jeffrey Arguedas

Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile

Feb 08, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Brazilians enjoy the glitzy spectacle determined not to let the Zika outbreak ruin their partying

Revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Colombia s National Health Institute says the patients died after contracting the virus and developing a rare neurological disorder called Guillain Barre syndrome

FIRST DEATHS. Health officials of Colombia and the National Health Institute seen during a press conference in Bogota, Colombia, February 5, 2016. At least 3 people have died in Colombia with 'confirmed history' of Zika and other six cases are currently under study, as reported the general director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Marta Lucia Ospina. Photo by EPA/Leonardo Muñoz

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Feb 05, 2016 - 3:43 PM

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CEGAH NYAMUK. Petugas melakukan pengasapan untuk mencegah penyebararan nyamuk Aedes aegypti yang diduga menyebarkan virus Zika di Soyapango, sebelah timur San Salvador, Elsavador, 21 January 2016. Foto oleh Marvin Recinos/ AFP