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Hologic wins emergency U.S. authorization for Zika test

Hologic Inc won emergency U.S. authorization to sell its Zika test, expanding the number of public and private labs that can test for the virus.

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New model can predict Ebola, Zika outbreaks

British scientists have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans – based on climate changes.

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Zika virus may spread to Europe in coming months, WHO warns

The Zika virus may spread into Europe as the weather gets warmer, although the risk is low, health officials said.

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WHO issues yellow fever warning as deadly outbreak grows

Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to the African country to heed its warnings and get vaccinated. At least 258 people have been killed and there have been around 1,975 suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease since an epidemic erupted […]

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Canada confirms its first sexually transmitted Zika case

An Ontario resident is Canada’s first confirmed case of a Zika virus infection that was contracted locally through sex, health officials said on Monday.   The individual, who was not further identified, is believed to have contracted the virus from a sexual partner who came down with Zika after traveling to an affected country, according […]

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U.S. agencies issues rules to protect workers from Zika

U.S. health and safety officials issued new guidelines on Friday to help protect workers from exposure to Zika, a mosquito-borne and sexually-transmitted virus that causes the birth defect microcephaly and other neurological disorders.   The new rules, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, urge employers […]

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Senators close to proposal on Zika funds: Republican committee chairman

A bipartisan group of senators will soon offer a proposal for more funding to fight a Zika outbreak spreading rapidly through the Americas, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran said on Thursday.   Democrats and Obama administration officials have urged the Republican-controlled Congress to grant nearly $1.9 billion in emergency funds to combat Zika, a […]

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Angola yellow fever outbreak exposes vaccine supply dilemma

The worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has killed 250 people in Angola and is straining global vaccine supplies, posing a dilemma for health officials who fear it could spread further in Africa and possibly into Asia. Some experts have called for a radical switch in strategy to use just one-tenth of the usual vaccine […]

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Chilean authorities find Zika mosquito for first time in decades

Health authorities in Chile have for the first time in decades found a specimen of the mosquito species responsible for spreading the Zika virus and say more are likely to appear.   Chile eradicated the Aedes aegypti mosquito species in 1961 on its mainland and the World Health Organization has said it does not expect […]

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Local Zika outbreaks in United States ‘likely’: U.S. official

The United States is likely to see outbreaks of the Zika virus, with perhaps dozens or scores of people affected, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Sunday.   The United States has seen more than 350 cases of people who were infected abroad and then […]

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