First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly
Sep30

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect. Tourism is expected to account for 17 percent of Thailand’s GDP this year, and authorities will be desperate to prevent visitor numbers from tailing off after Friday’s announcement. “Two of the three...

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Brazil to begin Zika vaccine trials in humans
Sep24

Brazil to begin Zika vaccine trials in humans

Brazil will begin testing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus in humans in the next two months, a leading researcher told reporters on Tuesday. The so-called DNA vaccine was jointly developed by Brazil’s state-run Butantan Institute and researchers from the United States, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. “It is an absolutely revolutionary technology,” said Jogre Kalil, director of Butantan Institute, adding that it was...

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Thailand to enforce law to eliminate Zika breeding spots
Sep17

Thailand to enforce law to eliminate Zika breeding spots

Thailand authorities seek to curb the Zika epidemic by eliminating breeding grounds of mosquitoes that can transmit the virus. The Thai Public Health Ministry announced on Friday it would revive a 1992 law allowing officials to order the elimination of decorative ponds or any areas with still water where mosquitoes can breed. The ministry said changing still water every seven days was an effective way to prevent a surge of mosquito...

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US doctors: Zika money ‘essentially all spent’
Sep14

US doctors: Zika money ‘essentially all spent’

Money to fight the spread of Zika virus in the United States is “essentially all spent,” top US doctors said Tuesday, urging Congress to come to agreement on new funding measures. The United States and its territories have recorded more than 19,600 Zika infections, and Florida is seeing a rise in locally transmitted cases of the virus which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women because it can cause microcephaly, an...

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Malaysia reports first locally transmitted Zika case
Sep04

Malaysia reports first locally transmitted Zika case

Malaysia reported its first locally transmitted case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus on Saturday, news likely to add to fears of a full-blown outbreak in the tropical nation. The patient was a 61-year-old male resident of the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, the Ministry of Health said. It said local transmission was highly likely because the man had no recent history of travelling outside Malaysia. The statement came just two days...

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