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Reuters Focus: The Zika Virus


Tech companies wage war on disease-carrying mosquitoes


CHICAGO American technology companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne maladies worldwide. | Video

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Singapore confirms two new Zika virus cases

SINGAPORE Singapore on Friday confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing the total number of reported cases in the city-state this year to eight.

Jun 09 2017

Puerto Rico declares Zika outbreak over, CDC maintains travel warning

Puerto Rico on Monday declared that the 2016 Zika epidemic is over, saying transmission of the virus that can cause birth defects when pregnant women are exposed has fallen significantly.

Jun 06 2017

WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus

NEW DELHI India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance.

May 27 2017

Tracking Zika: Virus hit earlier than thought in Brazil, Florida

CHICAGO Studies using gene sequencing equipment to trace the path of Zika through the Americas show the virus arrived a year before the first case was detected in Brazil, and several months before it was first reported in Florida.

May 24 2017

Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

LONDON Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumor cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer.

May 18 2017

Cuba says Zika tally rises to nearly 1,900 cases

HAVANA Cuba said on Thursday 1,847 residents had so far contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, warning that certain provinces on the Caribbean island still had high rates of infestation despite a series of measures to stave off the epidemic.

May 18 2017

Austrian biotech Themis launches Zika vaccine clinical trial

Austrian biotech company Themis Bioscience said on Tuesday it had started a clinical trial of an experimental Zika vaccine in healthy volunteers, opening up another front in the race to prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.

Apr 11 2017

Texas expands Zika recommendations ahead of 2017 mosquito season

CHICAGO Texas health officials are expanding testing recommendations for pregnant women in South Texas as the advent of warm weather increases the risk for local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus that has been shown to cause severe birth defects.

Apr 07 2017

Latin America's poor need more help to tackle Zika: U.N.

TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The ripple effects of the Zika virus are hitting the poor hard in Latin America and the Caribbean, and could knock back development unless states involve communities in a stronger push to tackle the disease, a U.N.-led study said on Thursday.

Apr 06 2017

Zika causes birth defects in one in 10 pregnancies: U.S. study

CHICAGO About one in 10 pregnant women with confirmed Zika infections had a fetus or baby with birth defects, offering the clearest picture yet of the risk of Zika infection during pregnancy, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

Apr 04 2017

U.S. Zika vaccine begins second phase of testing

CHICAGO Researchers have begun the second phase of testing of a Zika vaccine developed by U.S. government scientists in a trial that could yield preliminary results as early as the end of 2017.

Mar 31 2017

NIAID begins vaccinations in a mid-stage trial for Zika

The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said on Friday that vaccinations have begun in a mid-stage trial testing an experimental DNA vaccine for Zika.

Mar 31 2017

Prior exposure to dengue or West Nile could make Zika worse: report

CHICAGO Prior infection with West Nile or dengue - two viruses closely related to Zika - can make Zika symptoms worse, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

Mar 30 2017

Singapore confirms two new cases of Zika virus

SINGAPORE Singapore has confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the Zika virus in a northeastern part of the city state, the National Environment Agency said on Wednesday, describing it as the first Zika cluster of 2017.

Mar 29 2017

Zika risk went beyond Florida's Miami-Dade County: U.S. officials

Local transmission of the Zika virus in Florida may have occurred as early as June 15 of last year and likely infected people who lived not only in Miami-Dade County, but in two nearby counties, U.S. health officials said on Monday.

Mar 13 2017

Mistakes at U.S. lab force hundreds of Zika tests to be repeated

(In sixth paragraph of Feb. 16 story, yellow fever replaces Chikungunya as an example of a flavivirus. Chikungunya is an alphavirus)

Feb 17 2017

Zika doctor warns Brazil against lowering guard on birth defects

CAMPINA GRANDE, BRAZIL The doctor who first linked the Zika virus to birth defects says Brazil has too quickly forgotten the tragedy of 2,000 babies born with smaller-than-normal heads and runs the risk of a second wave of infections if the virus mutates.

Feb 09 2017

Mexico confirms first case of microcephaly from Zika

MEXICO CITY Mexico has confirmed the first case of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, the health ministry said on Friday.

Feb 03 2017

Zika ebbing in Latin America but vigilance needed: WHO

GENEVA Brazil and Latin America are recording lower numbers of Zika infections than last year, but all countries must remain vigilant against the virus which can cause birth defects, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Feb 01 2017

Slideshow: The Zika babies

Camile Vitoria embraces her brother Matheus, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil, January 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil.  View