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UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018

Study finds little bang for the buck in Zika blood testing

A new study finds that screening blood donations for the Zika virus netted only a few infections at a cost of more than $5 million for each positive test result.

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.

Human Rights Watch says Brazil is risking new Zika surge

Poor sanitation and water conditions that contributed to an outbreak of Zika persist in Brazil and leave the country vulnerable to a resurgence of the virus, a rights group said …

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.

UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017

Zika vaccine test moves to next stage with more than 2,000 volunteers in U.S., abroad

An experimental Zika vaccine has moved successfully into broader testing, with the first volunteer receiving a test dose in Houston earlier this week. Testing will also begin in Miami and …

US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine

U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant …

Researchers identify proteins in Zika linked to birth defects

Scientists have identified seven proteins within the deadly Zika virus that could be to blame for the birth defects linked to the pathogen.

Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America

Nearly nine months after Zika was declared a global health emergency, the virus has infected at least 650,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including tens of thousands of …

Babies without microcephaly at birth may still suffer effects of Zika

More federal money finally is available to fight Zika even as the news worsens. Babies who at first seem to have escaped the virus’ devastating hallmark defect – an abnormally …

Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1 billion to fight Zika virus

Averting an election-year crisis, Congress late Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle …

CDC Director: U.S. Zika fight is ‘essentually out of money’

WASHINGTON – The head of the government’s fight against the Zika virus said that “we are now essentially out of money” and warned that the country is “about to see …

Congress returning to do … the bare minimum

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers return to Washington this week for an abbreviated election-season session in which they will likely do what they do best: the bare minimum. All Congress must …

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.

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 …

In NYC, 49 pregnant women had Zika, 1 baby born with defect

Officials say 49 pregnant women have tested positive for Zika in New York City since April, and one baby has been born with microcephaly due to the mosquito-borne virus.

Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body’s most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues about how it gives life – …

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.

North Idaho woman develops Zika virus

A North Idaho woman who recently traveled to Mexico infected with Zika virus.

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.

Zika in part of Miami prompts CDC warning for pregnant women

Government health officials warned pregnant women Monday to avoid a Zika-stricken section of Miami and get tested for the virus if they’ve visited the neighborhood since mid-June, after the number …

First cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on U.S. mainland documented in Miami

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s governor says the state likely has the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that no mosquitoes …

Franklin County man tests positive for Zika

KENNEWICK – Authorities say a Franklin County man in his 30s has tested positive for the Zika virus after a recent trip to Mexico. The Tri-City Herald reports the Benton-Franklin …

Baby with Zika-linked microcephaly born in Spain

MADRID – Health officials in Barcelona say a woman has given birth to a baby boy with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus – the first detected case in Spain. …

David Whitley: Rio Olympics could use the Russian villain

The Olympics are just three weeks away, and it seems obvious that Russia should be treated like Zika mosquitoes and fumigated out of Rio de Janeiro.

In brief: WADA reinstates drug testing lab

The World Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday it has reinstated the laboratory that will carry out drug testing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which start in just over two weeks.

CDC, Florida probing possible Zika case from Miami mosquito

MIAMI – Health officials in Florida were investigating Wednesday what could be the first Zika infection from a mosquito bite in the continental United States. Lab tests confirmed that a …

Editorial: Congress skips out on vital business

Now we understand that many members are running for re-election, but that’s nothing new. The fact remains they left important business hanging as they headed for the airport.