Zika-related birth defects climb in U.S. regions with local transmission of the virus

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The second half of 2016 saw a significant climb in birth defects associated with Zika infections during pregnancy in areas of the United States and its territories where the virus had been transmitted locally, according to a report the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released today. While most of the mothers and infants […]

Study of Zika impacts on infants shows needs for long-term planning, resources

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A little more than two years after Brazilian health authorities began to note a steep rise in microcephaly incidence among children born in areas affected by an outbreak of Zika, a study involving 19 of those children found evidence of disabilities and severe development delays that will require a range of social and medical services, […]

With surveillance gaps, Angola sees microcephaly incidence rise over months following Zika confirmation

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The first cluster of microcephaly cases just outside Angola’s capital city was noticed in September of this year, marking nine months since tests in January had confirmed the virus in a sick adult, and in a stillborn infant with neurological defects. A WHO bulletin now says cases in the area had surfaced in May and […]

Study finds Zika virus in semen up to five months after symptom onset among returning infected travelers

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Among men infected with Zika while visiting the Americas, the median time the virus remained after being detected in their semen was nearly three months, a study of infected travelers returning to Belgium has found. Zika was found in semen samples from nine of 15 men who participated in the study, including in the semen […]

Investigation of fatal congenital Zika cases show injury to spinal cord caused by virus

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Report gives evidence that neurological impacts of Zika go beyond effects on brain development By the time pediatric pathologists explored the cases reported in the August Clinical Infectious Diseases of two infants, both congenitally infected with Zika, both of whom had died shortly after birth, knowledge of the damage the virus could do to the […]

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 […]