WHO: Zika Virus No Longer Constitute an International Emergency

WHO: Zika Virus No Longer Constitute an International Emergency






WHO: Zika Virus No Longer Constitute an International Emergency The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Friday that the Zika virus and related neurological complications no longer constitute an international emergency but said it would continue to work on the outbreak through a “robust” program. The WHO’s Emergency Committee, which declared an international public health emergency […]






Zika Virus Impossible to Completely Eradicate

Zika Virus Impossible to Completely Eradicate






Zika Virus Impossible to Completely Eradicate The nation’s top health official is warning that homegrown Zika may be impossible to eradicate in the US. Zika and other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito “are really not controllable with current technologies,” says Dr. Tom Friedan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). […]






US Congress Passes Funding Bill, Government Shutdown Averted

US Congress Passes Funding Bill, Government Shutdown Averted






US Congress Passes Funding Bill, Government Shutdown Averted The US Congress approved a stop-gap funding bill Wednesday that averts a looming federal government shutdown and provides urgently needed money to help battle an outbreak of the Zika virus. Passage of the bi-partisan legislation came shortly after Republicans and Democrats ended its fight over whether Washington […]






Controversy Continues, Miami Beach Spraying Naled for Zika Mosquitoes

Controversy Continues, Miami Beach Spraying Naled for Zika Mosquitoes






Controversy Continues, Miami Beach Spraying Naled for Zika Mosquitoes The City of Miami Beach is slated to be sprayed again with Naled, a powerful insecticide, despite the continuing controversy over whether its use is warranted in the fight to eliminate Zika. Friday, Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]






Zika Building to Worldwide Epidemic

Zika Building to Worldwide Epidemic






Zika Building to Worldwide Epidemic The world should prepare for a “global epidemic” of microcephaly, a condition which restricts head growth in foetuses, as the Zika virus takes root in new countries, researchers said Friday. Scientists from Brazil and Britain said they had found additional evidence that Zika is what causes the often debilitating disorder, […]






Zika Update: Banned Toxin Naled Spaying In Miami Beach

Zika Update: Banned Toxin Naled Spaying In Miami Beach






Zika Update: Banned Toxin Naled Spayings In Miami Beach In Miami-Dade County, Florida, the aerial spraying campaign against Zika-carrying mosquitoes has been referred to as a “blitz” that “could be one for the record books if the CDC records it as a success.”  The area began spraying the insecticide Naled from low-flying planes on 4 […]






US Beekeepers Fearful, Anti-Zika Toxin Killing Bees

US Beekeepers Fearful, Anti-Zika Toxin Killing Bees






US Beekeepers Fearful, Anti-Zika Toxin Killing Bees Beekeepers around the South Eastern US fear a new threat to their livelihoodm it is a fine mist beaded with neurotoxin, sprayed from the sky by government officials at war with Mosquitos that carry the Zika virus South Carolina beekeepers found millions of dead honey bees carpeting their […]






Miami Beach to Spray Powerful Insecticide ‘Naled’ in Zika Fight

Miami Beach to Spray Powerful Insecticide ‘Naled’ in Zika Fight






Miami Beach to Spray Powerful Insecticide ‘Naled’ in Zika Fight Aerial spraying with the powerful insecticide Naled is set to begin Thursday as the fight against the Zika virus ramps up in Miami Beach. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s statement Tuesday that aerial spraying with Naled was to begin came as a reversal on the […]






WHO Calls for Massive Education Campaign to Stop Spread of Zika Virus

WHO Calls for Massive Education Campaign to Stop Spread of Zika Virus






WHO Calls for Massive Education Campaign to Prevent Stop of Zika Virus The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a massive public education campaign to Stop mosquito-borne Zika virus from spreading, a WHO spokesman said Friday. Eloi Yao, WHO regional public information officer, said in an interview that there is no vaccine yet to […]






Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical to Develop a Vaccine for Zika Virus

Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical to Develop a Vaccine for Zika Virus






Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical to Develop a Vaccine for Zika Virus $TKPYY Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. won US government funding to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen that’s spreading rapidly through the Americas. The Osaka, Japan-based company was awarded a contract for as much as $312-M from the US Health and Human Services […]






Zika Virus Bearing Mosquitoes “Trapped” in Miami Beach

Zika Virus Bearing Mosquitoes “Trapped” in Miami Beach






Zika Virus Bearing Mosquitoes “Trapped” in Miami Beach Protect yourself with safe, natural solutions Florida officials Thursday said they have trapped the 1st Mosquitoes that tested positive for the Zika virus in the Miami area, further confirming reports of local US transmission of the illness that can cause severe birth defects. 3 Mosquito samples tested […]






WHO Convening Emergency Committee Meeting on Zika Virus

WHO Convening Emergency Committee Meeting on Zika Virus






WHO Convening Emergency Committee Meeting on Zika Virus The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that its Emergency Committee on Zika would meet Thursday to review the outbreak’s evolution and neurological birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus. The panel of independent experts led by Dr. David Heymann, which last met on 14 June, convenes […]






Zika Hits Singapore

Zika Hits Singapore






Zika, which has been detected in 58 countries including hardest-hit Brazil, causes only mild symptoms for most people, such as fever and a rash. But in pregnant women, it can cause microcephaly, a deformation in which babies are born with abnormally small brains and heads. As of Tuesday Singapore had confirmed 82 locally transmitted cases […]






Singapore Confirmed 41 Cases of ‘Homegrown’ Zika Virus

Singapore Confirmed 41 Cases of ‘Homegrown’ Zika Virus






Singapore Confirmed 41 Cases of ‘Homegrown’ Zika Virus Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and said it expected more cases to be identified. All but 7 of those infected have fully recovered, the health ministry and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement Sunday. […]






Zika Cases Mounting in Popular Florida Tourist Destinations

Zika Cases Mounting in Popular Florida Tourist Destinations






Zika Cases Mounting in Popular Florida Tourist Destinations Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott said the federal government has so far not delivered all of the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support requested as the state battles the spread of the virus. The complaint comes as Zika cases mount in some of the most popular tourist […]






Florida Investigating a non-Travel Related Zika Virus Case

Florida Investigating a non-Travel Related Zika Virus Case






Florida Investigating a non-Travel Related Zika Virus Case The State of Florida is investigating a non-travel related Zika virus case in an area previously not known with active local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus, the state’s Governor Rick Scott said Tuesday. “Today, we learned that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is investigating one new […]






Safe Protections from the Zika Virus Bearing Mosquito

Safe Protections from the Zika Virus Bearing Mosquito






Safe Protections from the Zika Virus Bearing Mosquito The number of locally transmitted Zika virus cases has risen to 36 and health officials have confirmed the mosquito-borne virus is spreading outside the Miami neighborhood that has been the outbreak’s epicenter and could extend its reach across the US Gulf Coast. Late last week, the Centers […]






Congressional Republicans Push Billion Dollar Program to Battle Zika Virus

Congressional Republicans Push Billion Dollar Program to Battle Zika Virus






Congressional Republicans Push Billion Dollar Program to Battle Zika Virus Friday, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on the Department of Health and Human Services to focus on battling the Zika Virus in the United States instead of trying to boost Barack Obamacare. “We see reports that the administration is working on yet another […]






At the Olympics? Don’t Let Illness Interfere with the Festivities

At the Olympics? Don’t Let Illness Interfere with the Festivities






At the Olympics? Don’t Let Illness Interfere with the Festivities About 500,000 people from around the world are travelling to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. And while Zika bearing mosquitoes are in the news, other bugs and health problems that Olympic athletes and spectators should bear in mind. The Big Q: What’s the biggest […]






Zika Travel Warning for Miami

Zika Travel Warning for Miami






New assessments of mosquito populations and test results this past weekend by Florida public health officials, as part of a community survey in the Miami neighborhood where several Zika infections were recently confirmed, have found persistent mosquito populations and additional Zika infections in the same area. This information suggests that there is a risk of […]






Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High

Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High






Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High $MON There are widespread examples throughout history of pest control experiments gone very wrong. Today, the stakes are really high, as scientists are increasingly turning to GE (genetic engineering) techniques to affect environmental change. Already this year the Zika virus, which is carried by the Aedes […]