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Sex Partner With No Zika Symptoms Transmits Virus: CDC

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 – U.S. health officials report that the Zika virus can be spread sexually even when a partner shows no signs of infection. A Maryland woman who had not traveled to an active Zika area was diagnosed with the virus in June after having condomless sex with a man who had been to the Dominican Republic, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mosquito-borne virus is circulating in the Dominican Republic, but the man had experienced no Zika symptoms, such as fever, pink eye or rash. Although he had felt tired, he blamed that on traveling. Testing, however, confirmed that he had been exposed to Zika, researchers said. "As more is learned about the incidence and duration of seminal shedding of Zika virus in infected men, recommendations to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus will be updated if needed," the CDC researchers said. Zika can ... Read more

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FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that the nation's entire blood supply be routinely screened for the Zika virus. In February, the FDA recommended testing of donated blood and blood components only in areas where Zika was actively spreading, but agency officials now say that universal testing is needed to further protect those who get donated blood. "There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission," Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "At this time, the recommendation for testing the entire blood supply will help ensure that safe blood is available for all individuals who might need transfusion," Marks added. Donated blood is already being tested in Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as in other areas, FDA officials ... Read more

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New Case of Local Zika Infection Reported in Florida

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – Yet another case of local Zika infection has been reported in Florida, this time in Palm Beach County. This latest report brings the total number of local infections in the state to 43, state health officials said in a statement Wednesday. And that total will probably climb far higher by summer's end, scientists predicted Wednesday. Nearly 400 local Zika infections will occur in the state by Sept. 15, with eight of those infections in pregnant women in their first trimester, according to projections from biostatisticians at the University of Florida (UF) and other institutions. Not only that, the virus will likely spread to several other southeastern states, with handfuls of cases cropping up from Texas to South Carolina and even Oklahoma, the scientists added. "It wasn't clear at first whether mosquito densities were high enough to sustain an outbreak in the ... Read more

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Animal Research Yields Clues to Sexual Spread of Zika

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – New research in mice may offer insight into how the Zika virus is transmitted sexually and affects a fetus. People typically get the virus through the bite of an infected mosquito, although Zika can also be spread through sex. Since the Zika outbreak began last year in Brazil, thousands of babies whose mothers were infected with Zika early in pregnancy have been born with a devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, in which the head and brain are abnormally small. To learn more about sexual transmission of Zika and how that might affect fetal development, scientists used mice to study vaginal Zika infection. Their findings were published Aug. 25 in the journal Cell. "The Zika virus appears to have a niche within the vagina," study senior author Akiko Iwasaki, an immunobiologist at Yale University, said in a journal news release. "We see from our model ... Read more

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Five More Cases of Local Zika Infection Reported in Florida

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Five more cases of locally transmitted Zika infection were confirmed by Florida health officials on Tuesday, including one in the Tampa Bay area. The four other cases were connected to mosquitoes in Miami's Wynwood arts district, the first area in Florida to report local transmission of Zika. According to the Florida Department of Health, the fifth was diagnosed in a Pinellas County resident who hasn't traveled internationally. Health officials have begun door-to-door outreach in Pinellas County, and mosquito control activities are also taking place there, state health department officials said in a statement. However, they added that they still believe local transmission of Zika is not taking place in Pinellas County because only one case has been confirmed so far. The news comes just days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott called on federal health officials to ... Read more

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Five Local Zika Cases Reported in Miami Beach

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 – Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed on Friday that local transmission of the Zika virus has occurred in Miami Beach, with a total of five cases reported so far. Until now, local transmission of mosquito-borne Zika – which can cause devastating birth defects in babies – has been restricted to a neighborhood in north Miami known as Wynwood. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had already advised that pregnant women not travel to the Wynwood area, and on Friday the agency announced that the travel advisory would now include the Zika-affected area of Miami Beach. "We believe we have a new area where local transmission is occurring in Miami Beach," Scott told reporters during a noon news conference. The five cases include three men and two women, two of whom are local residents and three who were tourists visiting from New York, Texas and Taiwan. The ... Read more

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Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Experts have wondered if the Zika virus might sometimes be transmitted through blood transfusions, and a cluster of infections in Brazil seems to support that notion. Doctors believe that a blood donor passed along the typically mosquito-borne virus in late January to two hospitalized patients who needed transfusions. "These data show evidence for Zika virus transmission by means of [blood] platelet transfusion," reported a team led by Dr. Iara Motta, of the Jose Alencar Gomes da Silva National Cancer Institute in Rio de Janeiro, and Bryan Spencer of the American Red Cross in Dedham, Mass. According to the researchers, the donor alerted the local blood bank of symptoms – rash, eye pain and joint pain – that had developed two days after donation. Lab tests confirmed that the blood was contaminated with Zika virus. In the meantime, the blood had been ... Read more

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Meds May Curb Risky Behaviors for Kids With ADHD

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Despite concerns that the stimulants used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might raise the risk of drug abuse, new research suggests the medications are linked with less risky behaviors in teens. The research finds that ADHD medications are "effective in reducing the probability of these events," said study co-author Anna Chorniy, a postdoctoral associate at Princeton University in New Jersey. Chorniy and her co-author Leah Kitashima, a Ph.D. candidate at Clemson University in South Carolina, examined the Medicaid claims of nearly 150,000 children aged 4 to 19 who were diagnosed with ADHD in South Carolina between 2003 and 2013. The study results showed that children with ADHD who took medication were 7 percent less likely to have a substance abuse disorder and nearly 4 percent less likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease, ... Read more

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Texas Reports 1st U.S. Case of Zika From Travel to Another State

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TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – In what appears to be the first case of Zika infection traveling across state lines, Texas health officials report that a resident of that state who visited Miami recently has tested positive for the virus. The unidentified traveler had returned from the area of Miami where local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus has been reported, and sought testing after becoming ill, state health officials said in a statement Monday. The Zika virus is typically transmitted via mosquitoes and can cause a transient illness. It is most dangerous to pregnant women, due to the virus' link to microcephaly, a devastating birth defect where babies are born with too-small heads and underdeveloped brains. While there haven't been any reported cases of Zika being spread by mosquitos within Texas, health officials added that they are also prepared for that possibility. State ... Read more

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Gay, Lesbian Teens More Likely to Suffer Rapes, Attacks: CDC

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 – Lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are much more likely to be victims of physical and sexual violence and bullying, and more needs to be done to protect them, a new U.S. government study says. "These tragic disparities call for accelerated action by public health and education agencies, communities, and families to protect the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin. He is director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting a better assessment of the extent of the problem, "is critical to protect the health and well-being of more than one million lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students," he added in an agency news release. The CDC report found that lesbian and gay students were much more likely than heterosexual ... Read more

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Zika Not Changing Most Americans' Florida Travel Plans: Poll

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 – Concerns around the mosquito-borne Zika virus aren't dampening many Americans' plans to visit Florida, a new survey shows. Earlier this month, the first cases of locally acquired Zika infection were confirmed in the Miami-area Wynwood neighborhood. The virus can cause a transitory illness but is most dangerous to pregnant women, since maternal infection can trigger a serious birth defect called microcephaly. Babies with microcephaly are born with too-small heads and underdeveloped brains. The new survey was conducted three days after the first 15 non-travel-related cases of Zika were reported in the Miami area. That has now increased to 25 cases, according to Florida health officials. In their poll, researchers at the University of Florida questioned 828 people nationwide. All had already planned to visit the state within the next six months. Most of the ... Read more

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Study IDs 2 Zika Virus Proteins Linked to Microcephaly

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – Researchers say they've identified two proteins in the Zika virus linked to the severe birth defect microcephaly. Babies with microcephaly have abnormally small heads and brains. The discovery may be the first step in finding ways to prevent the birth defect, the researchers said. The Zika virus contains 10 proteins, but only two – called NS4A and NS4B – are linked to microcephaly, according to the researchers. The study, from a team led by University of Southern California scientists, was published Aug. 11 in the journal Cell Stem Cell. "We now know the molecular pathway, so we made the first big step toward target therapy for Zika-induced microcephaly," corresponding author Jae Jung said in a university news release. "Years from now, one shot or a series of shots could target the proteins NS4A and NS4B or their collaborators," said Jung, chairman of USC's ... Read more

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4 More Cases of Local Zika Infection Reported in Miami Area

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – Four more cases of Zika infection that were likely spread through mosquito bites have been reported in the Miami area, bringing the total count of cases to 21, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday. The Florida Department of Health still believes these infections are only happening within one square mile in Miami-Dade County, in an neighborhood known as Wynwood, Scott said in a statement. Meanwhile, aerial spraying that began last week rapidly killed adult mosquitoes that ground-applied pesticides could not reach, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, told the Associated Press. Federal health officials have said repeatedly that they expect to see Zika infections in the United States this summer, particularly in hot, humid states like Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Most Zika infections have occurred in Latin America and ... Read more

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Zika Linked to Deformed Limbs in Newborns

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 – The Zika virus has already been linked to serious birth defects in the brain, and now it looks as if the virus may also cause deformities of joints in the arms and legs of newborns, a new Brazilian study suggests. The condition – called arthrogryposis – causes multiple joints to be contracted or curved. This condition hadn't previously been linked to Zika, although two previous reports suggested there might be an association with the virus, researchers said. The study authors still can't say for sure that Zika caused the arthrogryposis. But all of the babies had the pattern of abnormalities on their brain scans that would be expected with a congenital Zika syndrome, said lead researcher Dr. Vanessa van der Linden. She's with the Association for Assistance of Disabled Children in Recife, Brazil. The researchers don't know exactly how Zika might cause these ... Read more

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Zika May Have Caused Death of Texas Newborn

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 – The death of a newborn in Texas is being blamed on a birth defect linked to fetal exposure to the Zika virus, state health officials say. According to a statement released Tuesday by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the baby's mother contracted Zika when she traveled to Latin America during her pregnancy. The Zika virus is typically transmitted via mosquitoes, and is especially dangerous during pregnancy because it can cause the birth defect microcephaly – where babies are born with a small head and underdeveloped brain. Thousands of such cases have been reported in Latin America, especially Brazil. The newborn was delivered in Harris County, had microcephaly, and died shortly after birth, state health officials said. The officials stressed that "the mother and baby are classified as travel-related cases, and there is no additional associated risk ... Read more

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