Survey found pregnant women in Puerto Rico concerned about spread of Zika, took some, but not consistent or comprehensive precautions

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By August 2016 the connection between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and severe debilitating neurological birth defects among infants had been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention four months earlier, and experts had termed the spread of the virus in Puerto Rico “explosive.” The needs to confront the virus effectively on […]

CDC finds Zika-related defects in babies, fetuses of one in 10 women with confirmed Zika infection

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In findings from what officials call the largest systematic tracking of pregnancies among women with laboratory evidence and confirmation of Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data Tuesday showing that one in 10 women with confirmed infection while pregnant had babies or fetuses with birth defects that have been linked to the […]

Researchers find 20 times the rate of specific neurological birth defects in pregnancies with laboratory-indicated Zika infection than found in surveillance programs prior to Zika’s arrival

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In 2013 and 2014, three programs tracking birth defects — in Massachusetts, North Carolina and metropolitan Atlanta —  recorded 747 infants and fetuses with microcephaly and or other abnormalities of the central nervous system and eyes — about three in every 1,000 births. That was during what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Yellow fever, Zika, Ebola — We’re reading about outbreaks old and new, and the global response

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Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil – Brazil’s Ministry of Health reports dozens of deaths resulting from a yellow fever outbreak in Minas Gerais, a large, inland state with low yellow fever vaccine coverage. Because Minas Gerais is adjacent to the states of Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and other highly populated states with low vaccine […]

We’re reading about a year of Zika responses, new outbreaks on the horizon, and why the only certainty is the need to meet the next challenges faster and better

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Zika Virus – 10 Public Health Achievements in 2016 and Future Priorities – From last January, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control issued its first warnings to pregnant women on travel to Zika-endemic areas, to July when the agency for the first time warned against travel to a destination within the continental […]

Columbia study finds Zika-related microcephaly risk appears greatest in early pregnancy

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In early August 2015, Columbia’s national health service began to collect what would add up over the year that followed to about 105,000 reports of suspected Zika virus infections, with close to 20,000 of those among pregnant women. Six months later, health officials began to collect reports of a steeply climbing number of babies born […]

Zika: An emergency evolves into an enduring public health threat with long-term demands

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“Many unknowns” continue to accompany the spread of the virus linked to neurological birth defects and Guillain Barre syndrome, while new questions surround funding for research, responses and the collateral damage of delays In Brazil, where the link between the Zika virus and babies born with microcephaly to women who had been infected during pregnancy […]

World’s largest Zika database shows most confirmed cases among younger women

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Puerto Rico case distribution consistent with observations in other Zika-infected settings, but not with other impacts of other mosquito-borne viruses, suggesting sexual transmission raises women’s risks Results from nearly a year of testing Puerto Rico residents with suspected Zika illness reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control today show more than 800 […]

IDWeek 2016: Brazilian HIV physician describes living with endemic Zika infection

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New Orleans, La – The most disturbing thing about having Zika, Dr. Mauro Schechter said, was pruritus, or severe itching. But severe itching isn’t the right way to describe it, he said at IDWeek’s opening plenary. It felt as if “you have pins coming from inside out, plus itching,” he said. “Maybe it’s a sign […]

Congress passes bill supplying temporary government funding, long-awaited Zika money

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Two days ahead of the deadline for money to keep the government running, and 218 days after the White House called for emergency dollars to fight the spread of Zika virus, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending resolution Wednesday answering both needs. The continuing resolution that passed the House by 342-85 vote, and […]