Tag: ZIKA

Hidalgo county identifies its first local ZIKA virus infection

A man whose partner is pregnant after conducting a test on her physicians decided to go a step further and prevention of the ZIKA virus the testing of the man turned out positive. The ZIKA virus is not active, an sign that he might have been affected more than two months ago. “Female partner was pregnant and tested negative, but they decided to test the male partner and he was positive.” – Eddie Olivares Officials say the virus in the man isn’t active and it wasn’t asymptomatic. Officials are urging all couples planning to procreate to get tested for...

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US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 women. The first volunteer was vaccinated Wednesday at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as the National Institutes of Health gears up for a two-part study that aims to enroll at least 2,400 people in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and five at-risk countries: Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Peru. Zika has caused an epidemic of birth defects – including babies with abnormally...

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Zika ravages testes of mice; study raises concern about men

NEW YORK (AP) — Zika virus ravages the testes of male mice, sharply reducing sperm counts and fertility, says a study that raises a new specter about its threat to people. Experiments found testes of infected mice shrank about 90 percent by weight, while their output of useful sperm fell by three-quarters on average, and often more. Now it’s time to find out if Zika causes similar damage in men, experts said. “We just don’t know that yet,” said Michael Diamond of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a senior author of the study. The virus...

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Zika Alert For Six Valley Counties

In the Rio Grande Valley, six counties are under a Zika alert. The Texas Health Department recommends all pregnant women have Zika testing done if they present with two of four symptoms of the virus. The counties under alert are Hidalgo, Cameron, Webb, Willacy , Starr and Zapata. Olivares adding recent studies have shown that in some cases. The virus could be sexually transmitted — encouraging the community to practice safe sex. For more information you may visit...

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Health Officials Stress Awareness of Zika

RGV (KFXV) — Health officials say we should continue our efforts in preventing the spread of Zika. Local authorities stress the importance of remaining vigilant against the spread of Zika in the Rio Grande Valley as its presence is nearing home – this after the first case of travel-related Zika was confirmed in Cameron County. Hidalgo County has investigated several cases that were of concern– possibly being travel-related – none have been confirmed. The most important thing, according to health authorities is that there are no localized cases of Zika, yet it is closer to home than ever before....

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