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Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands

The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, …


Obama administration announces added $60 million to fight Zika

Some $60 million will soon flow to states, cities and territories to fight the Zika virus, White House officials announced Thursday.


Washington’s 12th Zika virus case confirmed in Washington

Health officials have confirmed Pierce County’s first case of Zika virus.


Woman found to spread Zika through sex for 1st time

A New York City woman infected her male partner with Zika virus through sex, the first time female-to-male transmission of the germ has been documented.


White House in last-minute Zika plea backs off dollar figure

Obama administration officials are making an eleventh-hour plea to Republican congressional leaders to avoid leaving for a seven-week summer break without passing an emergency spending bill to combat the Zika …


Dustin Johnson will skip Olympics because of concern about Zika

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is withdrawing from the Olympics because he is concerned about the Zika virus.


‘Surge’ of funds to fight Zika virus isn’t materializing

NEW YORK – More than five months after President Barack Obama requested $1.9 billion to fight the Zika epidemic, members of Congress went home to Fourth of July barbecues without …


Experimental Zika vaccine to begin human testing

An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus is due to begin human testing in coming weeks, after getting the green light from U.S. health officials.


Officials: Two more Zika virus cases found in King County

Heath officials have confirmed two more cases of Zika virus in King County. That brings the total to four in the county and eight in Washington.


Zika infections late in pregnancy led to no defects in study

Women infected with the Zika virus late in their pregnancies had babies with no apparent birth defects, according to a study in Colombia that seems to confirm that the greatest …


Pregnant ‘Today’ anchor Savannah Guthrie to skip Olympics because of Zika concerns

“Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie is pregnant and as a result will bow out of covering the Olympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro because of concerns over the Zika …


Honduran mother with Zika gives birth in U.S. to baby with birth defects

A Honduran woman infected with Zika gave birth in New Jersey to a baby girl with birth defects caused by the virus, her doctor said Wednesday.


Grading our lawmakers: An incomplete at best

Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades …


Mosquito trap company surprised by demand amid Zika outbreak

The German manufacturer of traps widely used to monitor mosquitoes that carry Zika says the “enormous demand” due to the virus outbreak caught the company off-guard. Two Biogents board members …


Greatest risk to baby in first trimester, early Zika research finds

NEW YORK – As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question …


Pregnant women in U.S. with Zika spikes on new counting method

The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases.


Zika funding plan on the way, says Sen. Patty Murray

A senior Senate Democrat says there’s a deal to advance a $1.1 billion measure to battle the Zika virus. The bill is smaller than President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request …


When Zika hits, a push for birth control and abortion?

There’s little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects – and, most likely, newly urgent discussions about abortion and contraception.


What’s with ‘pro-life’ silence on Zika?

ZikDelayed action on Zika is inevitably going to cause more fetuses to be deformed - and perhaps aborted - and a caucus supposedly devoted to protecting them is silent.


Baseball notebook: Angels ace Richards expected to be out for season

Los Angeles Angels ace Garrett Richards is expected to need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, sidelining him into next season, a person familiar …


U.N. establishes a trust fund to help combat the Zika virus

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a U.N. trust fund to help finance urgent priorities in combatting the Zika virus.


Zika virus exposes need for greater public health funding, experts say

Government funding cuts are helping to fuel wide variations in states’ ability to detect and respond to public health threats such as the Zika virus.


First Zika virus case in King County, officials report

Health officials have confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in King County. It’s the third case of Zika in Washington state.


First widely available Zika test OK’d for emergency use

The first commercial test for the Zika virus has been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week.


Senate Democrats press for $1.9B to fight Zika virus

Democrats are pressing top Senate Republicans to stop dragging their feet and act immediately on President Barack Obama’s request for $1.9 billion to combat the Zika virus.


Zika virus causes microcephaly, other birth defects, CDC confirms

The Zika virus is definitely the cause of not just microcephaly but a range of other severe birth defects of the brain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said …


Zika funding on hold until September, top Republicans say

Top House Republicans said Wednesday that they are likely to grant a portion of President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request to combat the Zika virus but they will probably wait …


White House to transfer Ebola funds to combat Zika virus

The Obama administration is to announce Wednesday it will transfer leftover money from the largely successful fight against Ebola to combat the growing threat of the Zika virus, congressional officials …


FDA grants use of experimental blood test for Zika screening

Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step designed to protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus.


Third Zika case in Kentucky confirmed in pregnant woman

The Kentucky Department of Health says it has confirmed the state’s third case of the Zika virus in a pregnant woman.