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A year on, mothers of Brazil's zika babies struggle

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Thousands of parents are struggling as they learn to care for brain damaged babies

Brenda Pereira (23) holds her four-month-old baby Maria Fernanda as they wait for medical exams at the State Brain Institute (IEC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 2, 2017.  Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

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

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

Monkey discovery boosts Zika drug quest – study

Sep 12, 2016 - 11:44 PM

While the animal never developed symptoms the brain of its fetus stopped growing – the first time this was observed in a lab animal researchers write in the journal Nature Medicine

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. Photo by Scott Olson/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 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

Puerto Rico declares first case of Zika-related microcephaly

May 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Puerto Rico says it has counted 925 cases of Zika so far 18 of which involve pregnant women

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

Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika in Colombia since October

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:44 AM

Mosquito borne Zika is present in 130 countries and recent studies have shown it can also be transmitted sexually between human carriers

View of a poster against the Aedes aegypti mosquito on the door of seven months pregnant Maribel Gomez's house on February 17, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. Cali's Health Secretariat massively delivered mosquito nets to pregnant women and installed guppy fish bowls as a preventive measure against Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya. Colombia registers 31,555 people infected with zika virus, of which 5,013 are pregnant women, reported the National Institute of Health (NIH). AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO

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Brazil confirms 907 Zika-linked microcephaly cases

Mar 23, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Health officials are still working on 4 293 suspicious cases

In this file photo, Matheus Lima, 22, kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia caught through an Aedes aegypti mosquito bite, at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. AChristophe Simon/AFP

WHO experts in Cape Verde to monitor Zika, microcephaly case

Mar 20, 2016 - 1:13 AM

The WHO has dispatched a team of epidemiologists maternal health specialists and communication staff at the request of the government

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

Report suspected Zika virus cases within 24 hours – DOH

Mar 14, 2016 - 1:19 PM

The DOH places the Zika virus under the Category 1 classification on the Philippine integrated disease surveillance and response system

CLEANLINESS. The DOH advises communities to keep their environment clean to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

Colombia reports more than 47,700 Zika cases

Mar 06, 2016 - 12:10 AM

Health authorities project that more than 600 000 people will be infected with the Zika virus this year in Colombia

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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

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

Colombia reports 37,000 Zika cases, over 6,300 in pregnant women

Feb 21, 2016 - 7:16 AM

Health authorities project that more than 600 000 people will be infected with the Zika virus this year in Colombia

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

Mexican woman with Zika gives birth to healthy child

Feb 21, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Despite the virus being linked to a birth defect causing infants to be born with abnormally small heads the woman gave birth to a clinically healthy 6 pound boy

CULPRIT. A handout picture provided by office of the Mexican Secretary of Health shows a mosquito trap in Mexico City, Mexico, January 21, 2016. Office of the Mexican Secretary of Health/Handout/EPA

Growing evidence linking Zika to microcephaly – WHO

Feb 20, 2016 - 9:38 AM

We are still dealing with a very much evolving situation says Bruce Aylward WHO chief on outbreaks and health emergencies

ZIKA VIRUS. 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 pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

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

WHO launches $56 million Zika response plan

Feb 17, 2016 - 9:02 PM

The UN s health agency says it needed 25 million to fund its own response plan while an additional 31 million would support the work of key partners

FIGHTING ZIKA VIRUS. 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. Photo by Yonhap/EPA

CAAP alerts airport authorities over Zika virus

Feb 17, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Philippine aviation authorities recommend the disinfection of aircraft to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes that carry the virus

ZIKA CARRIER. A picture dated January 30, 2016, shows the mosquito Aedes Aegypti in San Jose, Costa Rica. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

US says increased Zika border screening ineffective

Feb 12, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Most people who are infected with Zika are asymptomatic and therefore could not be identified during the screening process says the Department of Homeland Security

ZIKA VIRUS. An employee of the municipality of Chacao fumigates the hall of a school during efforts to prevent the possible spread of the Zika virus in the country, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 5, 2016. File photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

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Feb 05, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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WHO sounds Zika blood warning as Europe sees first pregnancy case

Feb 05, 2016 - 8:16 AM

The mosquito borne virus spreads to 26 countries in South and Central America and the Caribbean and health authorities warn it could infect up to 4 million people on the continent and spread worldwide

VIRUS TESTING. An undated handout picture made available by Euroimmun on 04 February 2016 shows packages of testing kits at the firm Euroimmun AG in Luebeck, Germany. Photo by Dr. Erik Lattwein/ Euroimmun AG/EPA

Spain reports first known European case of Zika-infected pregnant woman

Feb 05, 2016 - 12:47 AM

Spain s health ministry seeks to ease concerns pointing out that all 7 patients caught the disease abroad

AEDES AEGYPTI. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Photo by Esteban Biba/EPA

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Feb 04, 2016 - 7:46 PM

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South America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis with fears the virus could spread worldwide

A Mexican Health Ministry worker fumigates a house in Oaxaca, Mexico, 02 February 2016. Mario Arturo Martinez/EPA

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Feb 03, 2016 - 6:45 PM

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Zika virus: US reports sexually transmitted case

Feb 03, 2016 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED The case in Texas fuels fears over the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain damaged babies

DANGER. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Esteban Biba/EPA

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Feb 01, 2016 - 7:36 PM

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Colombia reports over 2,000 Zika cases in pregnant women

Jan 31, 2016 - 12:47 AM

The latest numbers make Colombia the second most affected country in the region after Brazil

MICROCEPHALY AND THE ZIKA VIRUS. Maria Camila Davila (L) and Angelica Prato (2nd-L), infected by the Zika virus, wait to be attended at the Erasmo Meoz University Hospital in Cucuta, Colombia, on January 25, 2016. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Palace cautions public on Zika virus

Jan 30, 2016 - 2:18 PM

The health department also advises pregnant mothers to postpone their plans to travel to the Americas where the virus is spreading rapidly especially if the trip is not urgent

STAY ALERT. Government cautions Filipinos against the threat of the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly in the Americas. File photo from Wikipedia

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Jan 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Microcephaly: What is happening to the babies?

Jan 28, 2016 - 10:04 PM

Experts explain the consequences of the microcephaly on unborn babies– as well as the Zika virus potential links to the birth defect

MICROCEPHALY AND THE ZIKA VIRUS. Maria Camila Davila (L) and Angelica Prato (2nd-L), infected by the Zika virus, wait to be attended at the Erasmo Meoz University Hospital in Cucuta, Colombia, on January 25, 2016. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Zika virus 'spreading explosively' – WHO

Jan 28, 2016 - 9:37 PM

3rd UPDATE WHO chief Margaret Chan calls for an emergency meeting on February 1 on the outbreak of the virus which is blamed for the birth defect microcephaly

FIGHTING THE ZIKA VIRUS. China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks about the Information Session on Zika virus for WHO Member States, during the 138th WHO Executive Board session, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 28, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

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Jan 26, 2016 - 6:42 PM

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