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Men's risk of sexually spreading Zika virus dissipates after first month

(Reuters Health) - Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in unborn babies, can also be spread to a woman through sexual contact. But a new study suggests the risk may be limited to the first few weeks after symptoms appear in her male partner.

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Takeda's Zika vaccine gets U.S. FDA's 'fast track' status

Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had granted 'fast track' status to its vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which erupted as a major public hazard in Brazil three years ago.

Jan 29 2018
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More birth defects in U.S. areas with Zika: U.S. health officials

CHICAGO The mosquito-born Zika virus may be responsible for an increase in birth defects in U.S. states and territories even in women who had no lab evidence of Zika exposure during pregnancy, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.

Jan 25 2018
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Mosquito-packed drones could give extra bite to Zika fight

TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Spraying thousands of chilled, sterile mosquitoes from specially adapted drones could prove a cost-effective way to slash numbers of the insects and curb the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, say the backers of the technology.

Jan 23 2018
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U.S. study sheds light on how Zika causes nerve disorder

CHICAGO A new study sheds light on how the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes a rare neurological condition, and the findings could have implications for companies working on Zika vaccines, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

Dec 13 2017
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Trial results of Zika vaccine Sanofi dropped show promise

CHICAGO A Zika vaccine Sanofi SA dropped in September under political pressure over pricing produced strong responses in more than 90 percent of those taking part in an early-stage clinical trial, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

Dec 04 2017

FDA panel recommends Zika testing of donated blood be relaxed

Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended that the requirements for screening blood donations for the Zika virus be relaxed due to diminished risk of transfusion-transmitted infection.

Dec 01 2017

Takeda moves ahead in Zika race with launch of vaccine trial

LONDON Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical has moved ahead in the race to develop a vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, with the start of a clinical trial program backed by the U.S. government.

Nov 28 2017
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Zika vaccine shows promise in early human trial

CHICAGO A DNA-based Zika vaccine from Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc and South Korea's GeneOne Life Science Inc induced anti-Zika immune responses in an early stage human trial, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

Oct 04 2017
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A single genetic glitch may explain how Zika became so dangerous

CHICAGO A single genetic change that occurred in 2013 may explain how Zika acquired the ability to attack fetal nerve cells, causing a severe birth defect in babies whose mothers were infected while pregnant, Chinese and U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

Sep 28 2017

Cheap 'dipstick' test could pinpoint Zika virus, say scientists

TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new “dipstick” serum test to quickly and cheaply determine whether a person is infected with Zika could lead to better healthcare for women with the virus, which can cause birth defects, said scientists.

Sep 27 2017
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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

Jul 11 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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