Tag: Caribbean

Florida mosquitoes being tested for Zika to confirm case

MIAMI (AP) — Florida health officials have trapped mosquitoes in an area of Miami-Dade County and are testing them for Zika to confirm whether a woman with the virus could be the first person infected directly by a mosquito bite in the continental United States. Florida’s Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately respond to questions about their investigation, but health officials said the case had no apparent connection to travel outside the country. The patient is a woman who lives in Miami-Dade County, according to a health official familiar with...

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Urine test could simplify Zika virus detection

NEW YORK (AP) — A urine-based test for Zika virus infection has shown to be more effective than the common blood-based one for many patients, a development that could make testing for the infection easier. The test could potentially aid efforts to control Zika, which is mainly carried by mosquitoes, as it is expected to spread further into North America in the coming months. “The timing is excellent,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new testing guidance Tuesday, saying the virus particles can be detected at...

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Gates Foundation Focuses on Ending Malaria

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Philanthropist Bill Gates says he wants to end malaria in his lifetime and will give more money toward that goal, part of his broader fight against tropical diseases that are getting unusual public attention because of the Ebola epidemic. In an interview with The Associated Press and in a speech Sunday at a global health conference in New Orleans, the Microsoft co-founder said his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would increase its malaria program budget by 30 percent, to more than $200 million per year. That’s on top of the foundation’s other donations to the...

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Obama weighs Ebola czar; Texas toughens monitoring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing renewed criticism about the U.S. response to Ebola, President Barack Obama is conceding that it may make sense to have a single person lead the administration’s effort. But he says imposing a travel ban from disease-ravaged West Africa, as Republicans have demanded, would be counterproductive. In Dallas, the epicenter of Ebola in the U.S., officials took a tougher approach toward monitoring dozens of health care workers who were exposed to the virus while treating an infected patient who later died. The health care workers were asked to sign legally binding documents agreeing not to go...

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Cuba Confirms First 6 Cases of Chikungunya Virus

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban health authorities on Wednesday confirmed the country’s first six cases of chikungunya fever, a debilitating, mosquito-borne virus that is suspected of afflicting tens of thousands across the Caribbean since its arrival in the region last year. In a statement published by Communist Party newspaper Granma and other official media, the Health Ministry said those sickened were islanders who traveled recently to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Their condition was “evolving favorably.” Some Cubans make regular trips to those and other countries to import clothing and other goods for resale. Havana has also sent large contingents of...

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