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Device quickly detects Zika

Engineers have developed a rapid, low-cost genetic test for Zika. The $2 device, about the size of a soda can, doesn’t require electricity or technical expertise and only needs a bit of saliva. Color-changing paper in the lid turns blue if the genetic assay chip inside detects the virus. Rapid, accurate diagnosis is especially important […]

Bug Barometer 2016

Unusual Winter Weather Will Impact Spring and Summer Pest Populations The National Pest Management Association reveals spring and summer pest forecasts with its Bug Barometer FAIRFAX Va. (March 29, 2016) –The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, forecasting what to expect from pest populations in their respective regions across the […]

Experts Say Olympics Should Be Postponed Due To Zika

More than 100 prominent physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world posted a letter Friday urging World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan to exert pressure on Olympic authorities to move the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro or delay the Games because of public health concerns over the Zika virus. Brazil, which is hosting the […]

World Malaria Day

25 April 2016 | Geneva – A year after the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, WHO is releasing a World Malaria Day report that shows this goal, although ambitious, is achievable. In 2015, all countries in the WHO European Region reported, for the first time, zero […]

Zika Virus Can Cause Brain Defects In Babies, CDC Confirms

After months of hesitation, U.S. health officials now say that the Zika virus is indeed the cause of severe brain damage in the infants of some women who were infected with the virus during pregnancy. A CDC review published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine describes evidence of what U.S. health officials […]

What is the Zika Virus?

The Pan American Health Organization has recently published an Epidemiological Alert (December 3, 2015) for Zika virus and its correlation to more serious neurological and autoimmune diseases. Zika virus is a tropical, mosquito-borne illness that typically presents with mild symptoms. The transmission, treatment and prevention strategies of Zika virus are outlined below. Symptoms About 75% […]

Delaware officials report case of Zika virus

State public health officials say the mosquito-borne Zika virus has turned up in Delaware. Officials say the first Delaware Zika case in a woman is travel-related, and that pregnancy is not an issue. Public health officials planned to provide more details in a teleconference on Wednesday. The Zika virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America. […]

Obama seeks $1.8B to combat Zika Virus

The Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes. While most people who catch it experience mild or no symptoms, there are concerns that the fetus of infected pregnant women may be at risk for a rare birth defect that causes brain damage and an abnormally small head. President Obama is asking Congress for a historic […]