Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday that its engineers were working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyze data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil. Google said in a statement it was providing a $1 million grant to the United […]

Cuba reported its first case of Zika on Wednesday, diagnosed in a 28-year-old Venezuelan doctor whose husband and brother-in-law previously contracted the virus in their home country.   The World Health Organization declared the Zika outbreak, suspected of causing thousands of birth defects in Brazil, an international health emergency on Feb. 1, although much about […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued new recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of Zika virus transmission through donated human tissues and cells used in surgical or reproductive procedures, such as umbilical cord blood, corneas and heart valves. The guidance is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect human cellular, tissue […]

French scientists say they have proved a link between the Zika virus and a nerve syndrome called Guillain-Barre, suggesting countries hit by the Zika epidemic will see a rise in cases of the serious neurological condition.   Guillain-Barre (GBS) is a rare syndrome in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system. […]

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the Caribbean island state of Barbados, rainwater collection has been promoted as a way to boost scarce supplies of fresh water. But there’s a catch: environmental health officers then reported an increase in mosquitoes breeding in household water storage tanks. In a country battling a high rate of dengue […]

A number of airlines have expressed concern that the rapidly spreading Zika virus may be affecting travel, the International Air Transport Association’s Director General and CEO Tony Tyler told reporters on Thursday.   The comment, made on the sidelines of an event hosted by the global airline trade group in New York, marks one of […]

The Czech Republic has identified its first cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in two Czechs returning from separate trips to the Caribbean, Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek said on Thursday.   The World Health Organisation warned Wednesday that the Zika outbreak would likely worsen before any relief comes to the countries besieged by the virus. […]

Evidence is building for the theory that Zika can cause newborn brain defects and the World Health Organization is promising more answers in weeks, but nailing a definitive link will be neither simple nor swift. Picking apart numerous potential connections between mothers who show evidence of infection with the mosquito-borne virus and babies born with […]

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has turned its attention to the Zika virus outbreak, and its founders said the response to the crisis, which may be linked to devastating birth defects in South America, has been better than for the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa. “We got deeply involved in Ebola, and we’re already […]

South Africa confirmed its first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in a Columbian man, health authorities said.   The virus, which is causing international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in the man on his visit to Johannesburg, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said. “The businessman presented with fever and a […]