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Another Miami Neighborhood Now Zika-Free

Posted 2 days 3 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – The Little River section of Miami is no longer an area where local Zika infection is active, Florida health officials reported Friday. While Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the development was great news for the state, he also asked residents to continue doing what they can to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to devastating birth defects in babies. "It is crucial that everyone remains vigilant and continues to do their part to wear bug spray and dump standing water so we can keep these areas clear, especially for pregnant women and their developing babies," Scott said in a statement. The Florida health department "now believes active transmission of Zika is only occurring in the southern part of Miami Beach, and I hope that local officials will consider every available resource to ensure aggressive mosquito control measures are ... Read more

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Texas Reports 1st Likely Case of Local Zika Infection

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Texas reported its first possible case of locally transmitted Zika infection on Monday. If confirmed, Texas would join Florida as the only states with local transmissions of the mosquito-borne illness linked to birth defects. The case involves a woman who lives in Brownsville, near Mexico, and she had no travel-related risk factors for Zika infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The virus is typically spread through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, although it can also be transmitted through sexual contact. "Even though it is late in the mosquito season, mosquitoes can spread Zika in some areas of the country," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. "Texas is doing the right thing by increasing local surveillance and trapping and testing mosquitoes in the Brownsville area." As of Nov. 23, an estimated ... Read more

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Zika Babies May Look Normal at Birth, Display Brain Defects Later: CDC

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Babies exposed to the Zika virus in the womb can look normal at birth but later show signs of the devastating birth defect microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, researchers reported Tuesday. Scientists found that 13 infants in Brazil who were exposed to the mosquito-borne virus during gestation had normal head size as newborns, but subsequently experienced slower head growth. Eleven of these babies were diagnosed with microcephaly – an abnormally small head and brain – and other neurologic complications associated with Zika syndrome, the researchers reported. "Among infants of mothers exposed to Zika virus during pregnancy, the absence of microcephaly at birth does not rule out congenital Zika virus infection or the presence of Zika-related brain abnormalities," according to a news release from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ... Read more

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Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe birth defects in the infants of infected mothers, is no longer a "global health emergency," the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) declared Friday. A WHO advisory panel said that while the spread of Zika remains of great importance, it should now be classed with other mosquito-borne maladies such as malaria or yellow fever, The New York Times reported. "We are not downgrading the importance of Zika," Dr. Peter Salama, executive director of the WHO's emergencies program, told the newspaper. "We are sending the message that Zika is here to stay and the WHO response is here to stay." Not everyone agreed with the agency's decision, however. Dr. Anthony Fauci is a renowned virologist and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He believes it's too early to ... Read more

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FDA Scientists Develop Mouse Model for Zika Research

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – A mouse strain developed by U.S. government scientists could help speed up research into vaccines and treatments for the Zika virus, researchers report. Newborn mice of the new strain created by U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers are susceptible to Zika and develop neurological symptoms within 12 days after infection. But the mice eventually recover from the infection, so they provide an opportunity to study Zika's long-term effects as well as another way to assess experimental vaccines and treatments, the scientists said. "There are many unanswered and essential questions about how the Zika virus works, including the long-term impact," Daniela Verthelyi, chief of the FDA's Laboratory of Immunology, said in an agency news release. "This mouse model gives researchers a new tool to study and understand how the Zika virus replicates and spreads in the ... Read more

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Zika Can Survive on Hard Surfaces for Hours

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – It's well known that the Zika virus can be transmitted through mosquito bites or, more rarely, sexual contact. Now, new research raises the prospect that the virus might be able to survive for several hours on hard, nonporous surfaces such as countertops, floors and doorknobs. There's good news, too, however: Common disinfectants are highly effective at killing any Zika that lands on these surfaces, the researchers said. The findings were presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), in San Diego. "Zika can survive on hard, nonporous surfaces for as long as eight hours, possibly longer when the environment contains blood, which is more likely to occur in the real world," said lead researcher S. Steve Zhou in an AAPS news release. He is director of virology and molecular biology at Microbac Laboratories, ... Read more

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Could Zika Harm Men's Fertility?

Posted 31 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 – The mosquito-borne Zika virus harms the fertility of male mice and human studies are needed to determine if the same is true in men, researchers report. Three weeks after male mice were infected with Zika, their testicles had shrunk, they had lower levels of testosterone, lower sperm counts, and were less likely to be able to impregnate female mice, the scientists found. "While our study was in mice – and with the caveat that we don't yet know whether Zika has the same effect in men – it does suggest that men might face low testosterone levels and low sperm counts after Zika infection, affecting their fertility," said study co-senior author Dr. Michael Diamond. He's a professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. Most of the previous research on Zika has focused on how it affects pregnant women and its link to severe birth defects. That's ... Read more

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Mouse Study Hints at Damage Zika May Cause to Adult Brain

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Certain brain cells in adults may be vulnerable to damage from Zika infection, research with mice suggests. These stem cells replace lost or damaged neurons throughout adulthood. And they are believed to be critical to learning and memory, according to the scientists at The Rockefeller University in New York City and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in California. "This is the first study looking at the effect of Zika infection on the adult brain," said Joseph Gleeson, head of the Laboratory of Pediatric Brain Disease at Rockefeller. "Based on our findings, getting infected with Zika as an adult may not be as innocuous as people think," he said in a La Jolla Institute news release. Another one of the researchers agreed. "Zika can clearly enter the brains of adults and can wreak havoc," said Sujan Shresta, an associate professor of inflammation ... Read more

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Zika Testing for All Pregnant Women Who Have Been in Florida County: CDC

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – U.S. health officials are now recommending that all pregnant women who have recently spent time in any part of Miami-Dade County in Florida be tested for Zika infection. Previously, testing had only been urged for pregnant women who had been in areas of the county where Zika had been spreading locally. This latest advisory extends that recommendation to the entire county and covers the period going back to Aug. 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. Reports of local spread of the mosquito-borne virus continue to come in from Miami-Dade County, the CDC said. Florida is the only state to report local transmission of the virus that can cause devastating birth defects. "Zika continues to pose a threat to pregnant women living in or traveling to Miami-Dade County," Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC's ... Read more

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New Clues on How Zika Causes Brain Birth Defects

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – New research may shed light on how the Zika virus causes the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly. Microcephaly causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and brains. In this new study, researchers said Zika disrupts fetal brain development by impairing the growth of human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs). These cells normally develop into brain and nervous system cells, the scientists said. The findings could help lead to the development of vaccines and treatments, the study authors said. Results from the study were to be presented Wednesday at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Vancouver. "We set out to study why Zika causes microcephaly and related viruses like dengue virus don't," presenting author Feiran Zhang said in a society news release. Zhang is a postdoctoral researcher at Emory University School of Medicine in ... Read more

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CDC Updates Spending Plans to Combat Zika

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is earmarking millions of dollars to prepare states and cities for future Zika virus outbreaks, and to track the effects of the virus on the unborn. The CDC will steer $25 million in recently approved funding to states and some cities for Zika preparedness and response efforts, agency Chief Operating Officer Sherri Berger said Tuesday. The agency also plans to provide $70 million to $120 million to state health departments, for use in detecting and tracking the Zika virus, Berger added. In addition, the CDC will provide $10 million for states and cities to develop programs that will track Zika-affected babies born with microcephaly or other related birth defects, she said. The CDC already has ongoing efforts to track Zika-affected births in the United States, which include a Zika pregnancy registry covering ... Read more

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Fewer Birth Defects for Older Moms Who Have Fertility Treatments

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Older women who get pregnant through assisted reproduction may be less likely to have babies with birth defects than those who conceive naturally, a new Australian study suggests. The findings challenge the widely held belief that assisted reproduction increases the risk of birth defects in all women, according to the researchers at the University of Adelaide. "There's something quite remarkable occurring with women over the age of 40 who use assisted reproduction," study lead author Michael Davies said in a university news release. He is a professor and epidemiologist at the university's Robinson Research Institute. The researchers looked at information from births in South Australia between 1986 and 2002. The study included more than 301,000 naturally conceived births, 2,200 in vitro fertilization (IVF) births and nearly 1,400 births from intracytoplasmic ... Read more

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Zika Infection May Bring Future Immunity: Study

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 – People who've been infected with Zika face a low risk for another bout with the virus that can cause birth defects, a new study contends. "The research shows that infection provides excellent protection against reinfection," Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University, said in a university news release. "This means people infected during this current epidemic will likely not be susceptible again. When a large proportion of the population is protected – known as herd immunity – the risk of future epidemics may be low," he explained. Higgs and his colleagues also found that Zika virus is present in the blood at the very early stages of infection and is only briefly present in some tissues. But it remains in other tissues for a long time. Blood and urine were clear of Zika virus within 10 days, the investigators found. ... Read more

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Florida Officials Announce New Zika Zone in Miami

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 – A new Zika zone was declared Thursday by Florida health officials, only weeks after a nearby neighborhood was cleared of the mosquito-borne virus following aggressive aerial spraying of insecticides. The new area is roughly three miles north of Wynwood in Miami, where the first local outbreak of Zika occurred. Five people – two women and three men – have been infected so far, according to the Florida Department of Health. Three are local residents, while the other two visited or worked there. Florida now has three areas where Zika has been spread locally, although Wynwood is no longer considered an active transmission zone. A section of Miami Beach is the third Zika area. Zika typically causes mild illness, but it is believed to cause birth defects and severe brain damage in babies born to women who were infected while pregnant. "We have had more than 1,000 ... Read more

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Scientists Map DNA of Zika Virus From Semen

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 – The first complete genetic "blueprint" – genome – of a sample of Zika virus derived from semen has been obtained by researchers. The mosquito-borne Zika virus typically results in a mild, transient illness, but can be especially harmful if contracted during pregnancy. That's because maternal infection has been tied to a severe birth defect called microcephaly, where babies are born with too-small heads and brains. While mosquito bites are by far the most common means of infection, cases of sexual transmission have been documented. However, scientists have had difficulty isolating the virus from the semen of infected men, noted the authors of the new study, published Oct. 13 in the journal Genome Announcements. "Isolating Zika virus from semen has been a major challenge and little information has been published on this specific topic, so the methods we ... Read more

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