Vaccinations begin in new Zika prevention trial

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A trial to test the safety of, and immune response prompted by, the latest candidate for a vaccine to protect against Zika virus infection has begun with injections among the first of what is planned to be 28 adult participants. Of the participants, 20 will receive an injection of a live, weakened non-replicating Zika virus created […]

Reports add to findings of Ebola, Zika impacts

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Two years after recognition of the dangers posed by Zika virus infection during pregnancy, and two years after the waning days of the most devastating Ebola outbreak yet seen, new findings about the impacts of the diseases continue to emerge. Four newborns with paralyzed chest muscles and twisted joints as well as microcephaly, and lab […]

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 […]