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Sexual transmission of Zika more common than thought, WHO says

The sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, citing reports from several countries.


Google donates $1M to help fight Zika virus spread

Google is donating $1 million to fight the spread of the Zika virus and help engineers and data scientists determine where it will hit next.


Sex a bigger problem for Zika virus than first believed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that they’re investigating 12 cases where the women’s only known exposure to the Zika virus was through sex with a male …


Woman diagnosed with Zika virus in Spokane gave birth to healthy baby

A woman in her 20s was diagnosed with the Zika virus in Spokane County, health officials said Monday. The Washington resident was infected while she was traveling out of the …


First case of sexually transmitted Zika virus seen in France

A high-ranking French health official says a first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus has been diagnosed in France on a non-pregnant woman.


Montana has first case of Zika virus

A Missoula County woman has Montana’s first diagnosed case of the Zika virus.


Oregon has its first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus

The Oregon Health Authority says the state has its first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 18, 2016

Pope suggests contraception can be condoned in Zika crisis

Pope Francis has suggested that women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception but not abort their fetus, saying there’s a clear moral difference between aborting a fetus …


UN: Stopping Zika may require genetically modified insects

The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the …


FDA sets guidelines to protect blood supply from Zika

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending U.S. blood banks refuse donations from people who have travelled to countries where the Zika virus is active in the prior four weeks, …


Zika virus found in fetal brain

The Zika virus, thought to be responsible for a surge in birth defects in Brazil, has been found inside the abnormally small brain of an aborted fetus at roughly 29 …


Oregon confirms case of travel-associated Zika virus

Public health officials say Oregon has a confirmed case of the Zika virus.


$1.8 billion in emergency funds sought to fight Zika

The Obama administration will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus – a disease that the president says is a cause for concern but …


Historian: Zika won’t stop Olympics; only war has done that

The world’s best-known Olympic historian said Friday it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.


Male Zika-area travelers should use condoms, CDC advises

U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant …


In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

A Brazilian health official warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as global measures mounted Friday against the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects.


Brazil finds active Zika virus in urine, saliva

The head of a top Brazilian health research institute says its scientists have discovered the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 4, 2016

Zika spread via blood transfusion, Brazil official confirms

Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top …


Zika virus link to Guillain-Barre syndrome is almost certain, French researcher says

The Zika virus’s health effects generally are described as mild – flu-like symptoms for those who show symptoms at all – or not yet certain, with references to Guillain-Barre syndrome, …


Montana lab to focus on Zika virus research

A Montana lab has been studying the Zika virus since it began spreading in Brazil last November.


In Texas Zika case, infection occurred through sex

A person in Texas has been infected with the Zika virus after having sex with an ill person who had returned from South America, Dallas County health officials said Tuesday.


World Health Organization declares Zika virus an international emergency

The World Health Organization has announced that the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas is an “extraordinary event” that merits being declared an international emergency.


Athletes in Rio stay inside, slather on repellent for Zika

Aline Silva has had the dengue fever twice, and she’s not taking any chances with the Zika virus.


UN health chief: Zika virus is ‘spreading explosively’

The fast spread of the Zika virus in the Americas has prompted the World Health Organization to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan …


What you should know about the tropical Zika virus in Latin America

NEW YORK – A rare tropical disease is spreading in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne Zika virus usually causes a mild illness but is now suspected …


CDC expands Zika virus alert; 22 destinations on list

Health authorities have added eight tropical destinations to a travel alert about an illness linked with a severe birth defect and spread by mosquitoes. The updated alert issued Friday by …