Tag: Latin America

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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First Baby Born With Zika In Texas

TEXAS (KFXV) Texas has its first case of a baby born with Microcephaly as a result of the Zika virus Harris County Health Officials confirm. The mother traveled from Latin America and was tested for Zika but received inconclusive results. The infant’s lab results were positive. They say mom most likely contracted the virus while pregnant and was probably infected while in Latin America. The first baby born with Zika related Microcephaly in the continental U.S. was born in New Jersey last month. This is baby number 4 in the US. Three others have been reported in Hawaii, New...

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Texas Student Volunteers to Research Zika Cases in Nicaragua

The war against the Zika virus continues throughout Latin America and in the U.S. with scientists seeking ways to control and prevent the spread of the virus. A former Valley student is about to embark on a mission to fight Zika in the front lines of Nicaragua. Etienne Jaime is enlisting to fight one of the most talked about and least understood viruses: Zika. A virus that has set off health alerts in Brazil and all of South and North America, with the CDC saying it can cause microcephaly in newborns. Etienne is one of 20 students across the...

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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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US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs

NEW YORK (AP) — A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness. Experts still stress that mosquitoes are the main culprit in the Zika epidemic menacing Latin America and looming over the United States. “Mosquitoes would be the great river of transmission, while sexual transmission is going to be akin to a mountain stream,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University. But the Texas case has spurred more discussion about additional ways in which Zika and...

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