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Prior dengue infection may protect against Zika: study


CHICAGO Prior infection with dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that infects nearly 400 million people a year, could reduce the risk of contracting Zika nearly by half, U.S. and Brazilian researchers reported on Thursday.

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Emergent-Valneva Zika vaccine clears early trial

A vaccine to prevent infections caused by the deadly mosquito-borne Zika virus induced immune response and was found to be safe in an early stage trial, Emergent BioSolutions Inc and partner Valneva SE said on Monday.

Nov 19 2018

Zika in Africa: Rare birth defect on the rise in Angola

LUANDA/CHICAGO Emiliano Cula starts to cry as his tiny fingers, curled into a tight fist, are stretched by a physical therapist to stimulate motor control.

Oct 17 2018

Why it's so hard to diagnose Zika

CHICAGO When a Zika epidemic was at its height in the Americas two years ago, diagnostics makers began working feverishly to create diagnostic tests for a virus that few in the U.S. had heard of.

Oct 17 2018

Mothers of babies afflicted by Zika fight poverty, despair

RECIFE, Brazil Nearly three years after a Zika outbreak in Brazil caused thousands of cases of microcephaly and other devastating birth defects in newborns, Reuters returned to check on the mothers and their children.

Oct 17 2018

Zika virus cases spike in India's Jaipur as peak tourist season nears

MUMBAI At least 55 people have tested positive for the Zika virus in India's tourist city of Jaipur, up from 22 a week ago, the local health department said on Sunday, raising fears the virus is spreading just ahead of peak tourist season.

Oct 14 2018

India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

NEW DELHI India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of the northern state of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women.

Oct 09 2018

Zika exposure before birth could cause health issues in babies: CDC

Some babies exposed to the Zika virus before birth may face health problems related to the mosquito-borne illness, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, providing guidance for couples planning pregnancies.

Aug 07 2018

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.

Apr 11 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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