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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

Experts: Herd immunity outside U.S. slows Zika in Florida

The waning of Zika outbreaks in the Caribbean and South America has helped slow the spread of the mosquito-borne virus in Florida this year, according to health officials.


New Zika testing recommendation issued for pregnant women

Federal health officials are changing their testing recommendations for pregnant women who may be exposed to the Zika virus through travel or sex or because of where they live.


Oregon testing mosquitoes for Zika virus

State public health veterinarian Emilio DeBess says Oregon plans to trap and test mosquitoes for the Zika virus this summer.


India reports its first 3 cases of the Zika virus

India has reported its first three cases of the Zika virus, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies.


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Brazil declares end to Zika emergency after fall in cases

Brazil declared an end to its public health emergency for the Zika virus on Thursday, 18 months after a surge in cases drew headlines around the world.


Zika poses even greater risk for birth defects than was previously known, CDC reports

About 1 in 10 pregnant women infected with Zika in the United States last year had a baby or fetus with serious birth defects, according to a study released Tuesday …


Birth defects in Zika pregnancies 20 times higher than in pre-Zika years, CDC says

Pregnancies of women in the United States infected with the Zika virus are about 20 times more likely to result in babies with certain birth defects compared to the prevalence …


Zika may be spread by 35 species of mosquitoes, researchers say

Zika may be spread by as many as 35 species of mosquitoes, including seven found in the United States, according to a predictive model created by University of Georgia ecologists …


CDC issues Zika travel guidance for Texas border city

Federal health officials on Wednesday urged pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Brownsville, Texas, because of five local cases of Zika virus infection that have been reported.


Zika birth defect may only become clear months after birth

Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by a Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage …


Zika illnesses are mild at worst in U.S. teens, young children

A first look at U.S. teens and young children who were infected with Zika suggests the virus typically causes at worst only a mild illness.


Senate passes stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika …


Democrats threaten shutdown over lack of help for Flint

Senate Democrats on Tuesday threatened to block must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down Friday at midnight, battle the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.


Congress struggles to finish Zika aid, prevent shutdown

Congressional negotiators on Monday pressed to wrap up a must-do spending bill to prevent an election-season government shutdown and finally provide money to battle the threat of the Zika virus, …


Obama, McConnell strike hopeful tone on budget, Zika

Striking a conciliatory tone after an Oval Office sitdown, President Barack Obama and the top Senate Republican declared themselves hopeful Monday that an agreement can be reached to keep the …


Officials at Fort Bragg report 5 travel-related Zika cases

A spokeswoman at Fort Bragg says there have been five travel-related cases of the Zika virus confirmed since June at the North Carolina Army post.


Mosquitoes test positive for Zika in South Beach

For the first time in the U.S., mosquitoes trapped in a zone where Zika virus is being actively transmitted have tested positive for the virus.


Four more Zika cases reported in Miami – and first one near Tampa

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced the first local case of Zika outside of South Florida – in Pinellas County – along with four more in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.


Puerto Rico reports 1st death from paralysis linked to Zika

Puerto Rico on Friday reported its first death from a paralysis condition that developed from a Zika infection as the U.S. territory fights an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus.


Five Zika cases in Miami Beach; CDC advises pregnant women to stay away

There are five new local cases of Zika in Miami Beach and a new 1.5-square-mile transmission zone from the beach to the Intracoastal Waterway, Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Friday …


Volunteers sought as race to develop a Zika vaccine heats up

Wanted: Volunteers willing to be infected with the Zika virus for science.


Grant County confirms first case of Zika

Health officials have confirmed the first case of Zika virus in Grant County.


Infant’s death is first Zika-related fatality in Texas

Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday after a baby girl whose mother traveled to El Salvador while pregnant died shortly after birth in a suburban Houston hospital.


Four new Zika cases in Miami, Florida governor announces

Florida’s governor has announced four new cases of Zika virus infection that health officials believe were spread by mosquitoes in a Miami neighborhood.


In Miami, Clinton to call on Congress to act on Zika virus

Hillary Clinton will call on Congress to return to Washington and pass emergency funding for the Zika response during a visit to a Miami neighborhood dealing with the first U.S. …


U.S. approves GMO mosquito test, but no release imminent

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving final approval for a field trial releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.


Zika vaccines work in monkeys, boosting hopes for people

Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people.


Administration warns Congress: Zika money running out

The Obama administration warned Congress Wednesday that money to fight the Zika virus is on the verge of running out amid political stalemate on Capitol Hill.


Cuba says 2 people apparently contracted Zika inside country

Cuba says it has diagnosed the Zika virus in two people who appear to have contracted it inside the country, which has been largely successful in controlling the disease.


Third case of Zika virus confirmed in Snohomish County

Snohomish officials say a teenage girl is the third person to test positive for Zika virus in the county.