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WHO elections

A race to restore confidence in the World Health Organization

Health Affairs describes the election of a new Director General for the World Health Organization as a race to restore confidence in the organization 

April 6, 2017
Health Affairs

Promoting health through the life course

Contagio del Zika en embarazadas alerta a salud pública

In Ecuador the health minister is calling for more protection for pregnant women against the growing zika threat. Health minister, Veronica Espinosa called on people to redouble their efforts to protect pregnant women against picking up the virus, particularly because of the risk of congenital complications that might be passed on to the baby

May 7, 2017
Metro Ecuador

Placenta more vulnerable to Zika in early pregnancy

A new study has found that the placenta is much more vulnerable to Zika infection in the first trimester of pregnancy and this explains why the congenital damage caused by the virus is more serious in the early stages of a child’s parental development. Researchers also found that the Zika strain in Africa is more virulent than the Asian strain. The African strain multiplies faster than the Asian strain, destroying placental cells and compromising gestation

March 14, 2017

CDC warns women about Zika-infected semen

The CDC issued a warning that more people in South Florida’s tri-county area may have been exposed to the Zika virus than previously thought. And since the virus can remain in semen for up to three months, CDC officials said that women who are pregnant, or planning to get pregnant from donated sperm, should consult with their doctors

March 13, 2017
USA Today

Zika caused twenty-fold spike in birth defects -US study

U.S. researchers said that rates of microcephaly and other birth defects were 20 times higher in pregnancies affected by Zika, than in the years before the virus arrived in the Americas

March 2, 2017
March 3, 2017
March 4, 2017
The Atlantic
March 3, 2017
ABC news

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Tamil Nadu reports first case of Zika virus

The first case of Zika in Tamil Nadu was reported from a hamlet in Krishnagiri district by the state public health authorities on Monday, nearly two months after the WHO confirmed such cases in India. Blood samples of a 28-year-old tailor, a resident of Natranpalayam Panchayat who reported to the Anchetty primary health center with complaints of fever, redness in the eye, photophobia, skin rashes and joint pain, was confirmed to be positive for Zika virus by labs, including National Institute of Virology in Pune

July 11, 2017
Times of India

Thailand - Phichit province confirms 11 Zika virus cases

Eleven people in Phichit’s Bung Na Rang district have been confirmed as being infected with the Zika virus while another 16 are believed to have been infected and 33 people who were in close contact are being tested and monitored, officials said. Dr Darin Areechokchai, an expert at the Department of Diseases Control’s Bureau of Epidemiology, said that since this January, Thailand reported 81 Zika patients, four of whom were pregnant women, in 16 provinces

July 5, 2017

Robust Emergency Fund Needed to Respond to Future Disease Outbreaks

Creating a similar “rainy day” fund—and providing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with permission to use it in advance—could save lives and money, both at home and overseas. There have been some moves in this direction. President Donald Trump`s general budget proposal for 2018 includes such a fund. But it does not give any dollar figures, and the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives in May cuts at least $1 billion from annual public health funding

June 20, 2017
Scientific American

Woman who returned from Thai trip has Zika virus

Korean health authorities have confirmed another case of the Zika virus in a woman who returned from Thailand. The government has raised the official number of infected patients in South Korea to 21

June 19, 2017
Korea JoongAng Daily

IMA chief wants pregnant women be tested for Zika

The national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for screening of all pregnant women for Zika virus as a precautionary and vigilance measure against the disease. Dr Agrawal says that the very presence of the virus, even in three cases, proves that the virus is there in India and must be a cause of concern for all the health authorities. "Epidemiology says that for every single positive case, there are 200 subclinical cases that are not reported”

June 18, 2017
The Times of India

U.S. issues Zika advisory in India

Taking note of the World Health Organisation categorising India last month as a site of active transmission of the Zika virus, the United States sent out an advisory informing its citizens in India about the number of confirmed Zika infections in India. The WHO, it noted, placed India as a ‘Category-2’ country for Zika risk. A Category-2, the second highest on a four-point scale and that also includes 2015 Zika-hotspot Brazil, indicates that the virus is being actively transmitted within the country. Until April, India was a Category-4 country

June 16, 2017
The Hindu

The WHO is still warning about Zika in over 30 Caribbean nations

The World Health Organization’s latest Zika classification table has over 30 Caribbean countries listed as areas “with new introduction or re-introduction with ongoing transmission” of the virus, News Americas Now has found

June 16, 2017
Curacao Chronicle

Singapore confirms two new Zika virus cases

Singapore confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing the total number of reported cases in the city-state this year to eight. The National Environment Agency said it had begun inspections and spraying with insecticide in some parts of the city

June 9, 2017
June 10, 2017
New Straits Times, Xinhuanet

Zika affects 5 percent of babies with confirmed infections: CDC

The first report on how the Zika virus affected US territories showed that 5 percent of women with confirmed infections had babies with birth defects, US health officials said. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first to include official numbers from the territory of Puerto Rico, which on Monday declared that its Zika epidemic had ended, based on data showing the number of new cases has fallen. The CDC reiterated its recommendation that pregnant women not travel to Puerto Rico, noting that Zika remains a risk for pregnant women there and anywhere else the mosquito-borne virus is active

June 8, 2017
June 9, 2017
Huffington Post

Ceará tem nível epidêmico de dengue, zika e chikungunya em 60% dos municípios

The Brazilian state of Ceara has cities with more than 600 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants, way above the WHO epidemic threshold of 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The latest epidemiological bulletin confirmed dengue and chikungunya as having killed 25 people this year, with 20 of them in Fortaleza. There have been 64,031 fever like infections reported in the state and 25,533 cases have seen the disease confirmed

June 3, 2017
June 2, 2017
Diario do Nordeste, Diario do Nordeste

Days Before Confirming Three Zika Cases, WHO Moved India to Same Category as Brazil

India was moved up from the safest category 4 for possible Zika infection to category 2 level, in the World Health Organization’s country classification system for the Zika virus. This indicates WHO believes India is now “an area with ongoing transmission of Zika”

June 2, 2017
The Wire

Would have tested if we knew, say doctors

Some Indian doctors expressed consternation that the Gujarat authorities have known about three Zika cases and did not make the information more widespread. A physician in Bapungar was quoted as saying he’d seen what he thought were a few cases of severe dengue which he would have tested for Zika had he known. Gujarat’s health commissioner said the NIV Pune has yet to give a report on the gene sequencing of the virus to pinpoint its origin. He added that the first Zika case detected in November 2016 was only confirmed by the NIV on January 4th 2017, still not fully answering why the lack of transparency

May 29, 2017
Times of India, Economic Times

WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus

India has reported cases of the Zika virus, WHO said, on May 15th India’s health ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat, these cases were detected during testing in February and November last year, while one was detected in January, according to a health ministry statement

May 27, 2017
Reuters, Hindu Business Line, Hindu, Business Standard

Zika hit India in January, Government kept silent

Almost six months after three cases of the deadly Zika virus were reported from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the World Health Organization has finally made the information public, the Indian health ministry is yet to comment on the issue and there are questions as to why was only one case acknowledged in an answer to parliament given by the government on March 17th when they were aware of at least three cases at that point

May 27, 2017
DNA India, Scroll , Reuters
May 28, 2017
Times of India

Dengue: en Formosa confirman 100 casos

Health authorities confirmed that Formosa has 100 cases of dengue fever and that a further 300 are under investigation as contagious Zika has been found in Ingeniero Juarez and is also suspected in Clorinda. A local lawmaker did question as to whether numbers are under reported, saying a local laboratory has hinted that there could be around 700 patients with dengue

May 26, 2017
El Diario de Misiones

Honduras: Casos de dengue suman 1,800 en primer trimestre

Overall there have been 2,200 cases of dengue, zika and chikungunya during the first part of 2017, whereas numbers are dramatically down for zika and chikungunya for last year, when chikungunya registered tens of thousands of cases, this year it has only seen 200 cases. Only dengue has increased year-on-year and remains stubbornly high

May 26, 2017
El Heraldo

Tracking Zika: Virus hit earlier than thought in Brazil, Florida

Studies using gene sequencing equipment to trace the path of zika through the Americas show the virus arrived a year before the first case was detected in Brazil, and several months before it was first reported in Florida. The findings, published in Nature, draw upon 200 zika virus genome sequences collected from infected individuals and mosquitoes that transmit the virus

May 24, 2017

In the U.S. GAO has published a report calling for actions needed to address the challenges of Z...

The story lists the fact there were 5,197 cases of zika virus disease reported in the USA at start of April this year and only two states had disease cases based on local mosquito-borne transmission – 216 in Florida and 6 cases in Texas, all the other instances were associated with travel from outside the continental United States. The article calls for a transparent process for providing test manufacturers access to diagnostic tests and FDA and CDC providing information to ensure users of these tests can compare performance

May 23, 2017
U.S. Government Accountability Office, Reuters
May 24, 2017
Channel News Asia, AlAlarabiya

More than half of the municipalities of Ceará have arbovirus epidemics: dengue, chikungunya and...

In the Brazilian state of Ceara, 93 of the 184 municipalities say they are recording an epidemic level of arboviruses – dengue, chikungunya and zika, according to the latest epidemiological bulletins. Calculations on the ground put the infection rate at around 943.5 incidences per 100,000 inhabitants, well above the WHO threshold to define an epidemic which is 300 incidences per 100,000

May 22, 2017

Minas Gerais tem mais de 15 mil casos prováveis de chikungunya em 2017

Minas Gerais state has registered 15,693 probable cases of chikungunya in 2017, according to a department of health bulletin. Eleven suspicious deaths are being investigated and so far this year, the number of probable cases has increased more than 3,000% over the same period last year. In terms of dengue, Minas Gerais has recorded 24,557 cases, the lowest number for the first five months since 2013. Two deaths confirmed and a further 18 investigated. Minas Gerais has 753 probable cases of zika, with the number slightly higher for the first five months last year than this

May 22, 2017

Suman 16 casos de dengue clasico en Matamoros

Mexico - There were two new cases of dengue in Matamoros which takes this year’s total up to 16. There have been only two cases of Zika to date and as yet no case of chikungunya

May 20, 2017
Hoy Tamaulipas

We Know Zika Is A Big Problem In Puerto Rico. We Just Don’t Know How Big.

A JAMA paediatrics study published in October 2016 predicted that Puerto Rico would see 110 to 290 Zika-related microcephaly cases between mid-2016 and mid-2017. But at the last count there were only 16 babies born with microcephaly, a staggeringly low number given the island has had 3,200 cases confirmed zika cases in pregnant women since the beginning of the outbreak. Sources told Stat News Puerto Rico may be under reporting the Zika problem for fear of harming the tourism business

May 19, 2017
Huffington Post

Cuba says Zika tally rises to nearly 1,900 cases

Cuba said 1,847 residents has so far contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, warning that certain provinces on the island still had very high rates of infestation despite a series of measures to stave off the epidemic. Health authorities said there are provinces like Havana, Guantanamo, Cienfuegos and Camaguey where there are huge risks and high levels of infestation

May 18, 2017

69 casos de dengue y lo peor está por venir

Tamaulipas health authorities confirmed they had an outbreak of 69 confirmed cases of dengue, 6 cases of zika and one case of chikungunya. The health team warned that these numbers are only likely to rise as the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, asking the population to keep places clean that could become breeding bolt holes for mosquitoes

May 17, 2017

Casos de chikungunya no Ceará somam 13 mil entre janeiro e maio

Chikungunya fever cases in Brazil’s Ceara region are continuing to rise. From January to the second week of May more than 13,000 cases had been confirmed. In 2016, Ceara Health Department classified the chikungunya outbreak as an epidemic with 31,000 confirmed cases. Fortaleza accounts for more than half the cases and this year Fortaleza has seen 8,000 cases 

May 15, 2017
Radio Agencia Nacional

BH tem mais de 30 casos de chikungunya confirmados em 2017

Belo Horizonte health authorities said that there have been 38 confirmed cases of chikungunya in 2017 to date with 13,342 probable cases of the disease, this represents an increase of 4,373% over the same period last year. Belo Horizonte has seen 474 cases of dengue to date, with 1,580 cases still under investigation. Nine cases of Zika have been confirmed in the capital of Minas Gerais and a further 15 cases are under investigation

May 12, 2017

124 Zika Cases Confirmed in Belize

Between November 2016 and April 2017, the Ministry of Health has sent out five hundred and thirty seven samples to Cheturnal for Zika testing. Of that amount, 124 of them have turned out positive. According to the Chief of Operations in the Vector Control Unit, Kim Bautista, greatest prevalence is shown in the Corozal District

May 9, 2017

Suman 158 casos de zika en México hasta el 1 de mayo

Of the 158 recorded cases of Zika since the start of May, 45 were in the state of Nayrit, the state health secretary said. The regions most affected were Morelos, Jalisco, Yucatan, Veracruz and Guerrero (with 17,12, 11, 11 and 10 cases respectively)

May 8, 2017
Vanguardia , Diario de San Luis

Minsa reporta 86 casos de dengue y 55 de zika en Herrera

In Panama, a total of 86 cases of dengue and 55 cases of Zika have been recorded in Herrera province so far this year. Health agencies are urging people to be vigilant and H1N1 vaccination stations have been set up

May 7, 2017
Telemetro, Dia-a-Dia, Panama America

Aumentan casos de zika, chikungunya y dengue en Costa Rica

Costa Rican ministry of health data reveal 142 cases of Zika confirmed in the first 13 weeks of 2017, with a possible 686 further cases. In the same period authorities saw 122 cases of chikungunya, far lower than a year earlier. Figures for dengue were down to 940 confirmed cases out of 6,396 possible cases in the first 90 days of the year. This is down from 22,361 cases last year

May 7, 2017
Radio La Primerisima, Radio Habana Cuba, Prensa Latina

MT investiga 5 casos de febre amarela

The Brazilian ministry of health indicated that there have been 3,131 suspected yellow fever cases since last December, with 715 cases confirmed, 827 cases under investigation and 1,589 were rejected as yellow fever cases. Of the 392 probable deaths, 240 have been confirmed as yellow fever, 39 are still under investigation and 113 discarded  

May 6, 2017

Ecuador reporta 400 mujeres embarazadas contagiadas por virus de zika

A total of 400 pregnant Ecuadorian women have contracted the zika virus since April last year, according to the health minister, Veronica Espinosa. There have also been nine cases of vertical transmission from mother to baby and three microcephaly instances linked to the virus

May 5, 2017
May 4, 2017
Ecuavisa, Ultima Hora, El Telegrafo
May 5, 2017
Netral News

Registra estado 60 casos de dengue

Reynosa health authorities have announced that the town has 60 cases of dengue fever, one chikungunya and six cases of Zika and that it is working tirelessly to bring these outbreaks under control

May 3, 2017
La Tarde

Argentina. Confirman 40 casos de zika en el norte de Chaco

The Ministry of Health in Chaco, Argentina, said that there were 40 confirmed cases of Zika in the northern part of the province, and 32 probable cases on top of this number. In Castelli, there is a confirmed case of Zika, another in Presidencia Roque Saenz Pena, and 38 cases in El Suazalito, which is a Zika hotspot at the moment

May 3, 2017

Tambogrande: confirman 59 casos de dengue y 43 de chikungunya

These confirmed Tambogrande cases are part of a total of 839 cases, where people have fallen sick and whose cases are now being examined in laboratory tests in Lima. The majority of people infected are youngsters and adults between the ages of 15-49. Health authorities also confirmed there are 14 cases of leptospirosis in the region

May 2, 2017
El Regional Pura

Casos prováveis de chikungunya ultrapassam os 11 mil em Minas Gerais

So far this year, 11,696 probable cases of chikungunya have been recorded, according to a state health bulletin, and 11 suspicious deaths are being investigated. Probable cases of dengue in 2017 in Minas Gerais now stands at 21,891, one death has occurred, and another 18 are being investigated. Probable cases of Zika in Minas Gerais stand at 594, with most cases having occurred during February and March

May 2, 2017
May 3, 2017
Portugal Digital
May 2, 2017
Hoje Em Dia

Honduras reporta 200 niños con microcefalia en nueve meses

Honduras health authorities have reported that 200 babies were born with microcephaly in the last nine months due to Zika. Authorities are concerned by the fact that number was an average of 45 in the last year

May 1, 2017
April 29, 2017
El Heraldo

STAT: Personal conflict may be at the root of Puerto Rico's Zika reporting problem

The media obtained a document indicating that Puerto Rico may be intentionally under reporting Zika cases. The issue stems from a personal dispute between Miguel Valencia MD, the Puerto Rican official in charge of the territory’s tracking programme, and the CDC Director of the Vector-Borne Diseases Lyle Petersen MD, according to the report. Dr Valencia has instructed staff to use his criteria, which is narrower than that of the CDC, in identifying and recording Zika-related birth defects

May 1, 2017
Beckers Hospital Review, Stat News

Chincha: a 54 se incrementaron los casos confirmados de zika

Chincha, Peru, has seen a steady rise in the number of confirmed Zika cases with numbers rising from 36 to 54 in the Ica region. At the same time, there are 18 dengue cases and 19 leptospirosis

April 28, 2017
RPP Noticias

Doce fallecidos y 4,058 afectados por dengue

The Peruvian National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) reports that 12 people have died from dengue and 4,058 people have contracted the disease as a result of heavy rains and floods. Five died in Piura, two in Loreto, two in Lambayeque, one in Ayacucho, one in Cusco and another in Tumbes. Of the 4,058 confirmed cases of dengue, 868 were in Piura, 667 in La Libertad and 397 in Lambayeque – the three regions most affected. There have been 175 cases of zika, of these 139 were recorded in the Loreto region, 33 in Ica, two in Ucayali and one in San Martin

April 22, 2017
April 21, 2017

Plus de 100 cas de Zika au Québec

There have been more than 100 cases of Zika in Quebec since January 2016, according to its health body INSPQ. Thirteen pregnant women infected with the virus gave birth to a Zika-affected baby, a further twenty pregnant women underwent preventative abortions

April 22, 2017
Journal de Quebec
April 23, 2017

Más de 240 casos de dengue se han reportado en Machala

More than 240 cases of dengue have been reported in the Ecuadorian city of Machala along with 5 cases of Zika and 1 Chikungunya, during the first three months of the year, health authorities said

April 21, 2017
Diario Opinion, Noticias Anotao

Casos de dengue, chikungunya y zika van en aumento

The health chief in the town of Villa Montes in south-eastern Bolivia said he was particularly concerned about the sharply rising number of dengue, chikungunya and zika cases in this region. To date the region has 406 recorded cases of dengue, with some 18 confirmed a day earlier. There are 163 suspected cases of chikungunya and 29 suspected zika cases, two of which have been confirmed during the last week

April 18, 2017
El Pais
April 17, 2017

Zika attack - Almost 8,000 suspected cases of the virus in JA 15 months

Jamaican health officials have recorded almost 8,000 notifications of suspected cases of zika virus in the country in the period January 2016 to march 2017. The Sunday Gleaner saw figures which said 7,767 (77%) were suspected cases of zika but only 203 confirmed cases of the virus have been officially recorded

April 16, 2017
Jamaica Gleaner

Search for Zika and Ebola in Kenya finds deadly germs

A four year countrywide search for the deadly Ebola, Zika and Marburg virus in bats has identified germs that are potentially dangerous to Kenyans. A collaboration between Kenya and China found local bats host viruses closely related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)  

April 13, 2017
Standard Media

Espírito Santo registra 465 casos suspeitos de Chikungunya em quatro meses

The Brazilian state of Espirito Santo reported 465 suspected cases of chikungunya in the period from January 1st to the end of last week. This is almost at a par with last year’s figures which stood at 497 cases. Chikungunya has been recorded in 11 municipalities and there are some suspected cases as yet unconfirmed

April 13, 2017
Folha Vitoria

Paraguay reports 116 confirmed cases of dengue

Paraguayan Health Department said it is seeing 500 cases of infectious diseases linked to the Aedes aegypti mosquito per week. It confirmed 116 cases of dengue and 288 probable, 4 cases of chikungunya and 2 cases of probable Zika. There are also cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome and flu

April 12, 2017
ABC Paraguay
April 11, 2017
ADN Paraguayo, Radio 1000.com, Hoy.com

Piura; Now the region has registered its sixth dengue victim as another two die

The number of dengue victims in Piura continued rising with another death bring the total to six for the year to date. Health authorities said there has been 746 cases to date and a possible 3,000 cases, which have also seen the spread of zika and chikungunya

April 12, 2017
Peru21, Diario Correo, La Republica

Two new cases of Zika confirmed in Singapore

Singaporean health authorities confirmed that two new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection have occurred in the Poh Huat Terrace/Terrasse lane area, in the neighbourhood of two other clusters discovered recently

April 12, 2017
Straits Times
April 11, 2017
Channel News Asia, Today Online

CHIKUNGUNYA, DENGUE E ZIKA: Roraima registra aumento alarmante de casos

In relation to chikungunya cases, Roraima went from 3 to 189 in the first 10 weeks of this year. For dengue, Roraima jumped from 51 cases to 251. Then for zika Roraima saw a jump from 51 cases to

March 31, 2017
Folha Web

First Zika cluster of 2017 reported in Hougang

Some three months after the Zika transmission in Singapore tapered off, two members of the same household have been found to have contracted the Zika virus, making the area in Hougang the first Zika cluster to be reported in Singapore this year

March 29, 2017
Today Online, Bernama, Channel News Asia, Malaysian Digest

Registran 366 casos de zika en primer trimestre

The Bolivian health minister told the press that there had been 366 cases of Zika to date this year with 42 of these cases identified as pregnant women. This number is up on the most recent figure where there were only 19 pregnant women affected at the end of January

March 29, 2017
Los Tiempos

BH tem quase 300 casos de dengue em 2017, segundo PBH

In Brazil, the Belo Horizonte region has recorded 300 cases of dengue this year, with a further 2,174 reported cases still awaiting test results, according to local health officials The eastern and north eastern regions saw higher suspected dengue cases, 460 and 461 respectively, according to health officials 

March 26, 2017
Hoj Em Dia

Ascienden a 39.636 los casos de Zika en P.Rico, tras datos del último informe

Since the first ever Zika case in December 2015 there have been 39,636 cases of Zika in Puerto Rico, according to the local department of health. In the most recent measured period at the start of March, Puerto Rico saw an additional 1,157 cases of which 89 Zika cases have been confirmed. Since 2015, Zika has affected 3,223 pregnant women and five people have died. Doctors are still monitoring 60 babies to see if they can detect signs of possible brain damage caused by Zika

March 24, 2017
Agencia EFE
March 25, 2017
La Nacion

Genetically modified mosquito use under consideration in Houston

Officials are considering releasing GM mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against insects known to carry diseases such as the zika virus. Harris County officials are negotiating with Oxitec to release mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered to produce offspring that die

March 21, 2017
CBS News, Tech Times

Casos de chinkungunya aumentam em mais de 350% em Minas Gerais; morte é investigada

Cases of Chikungunya leapt by 350% in Minas Gerais. The first four months of the year there were 2,296 suspected cases, as opposed to 501 last year

March 17, 2017
Bahia Noticias, Exame, Agencia Brasil

Zika é mais agressivo em transplantados, diz estudo brasileiro

A Brazilian study has found that Zika is more aggressive in patients who have had organ transplants

March 15, 2017
UOL Noticias
March 18, 2017
Folha de Sao Paulo
March 15, 2017

Chelsea Clinton praises Sanders for Zika op-ed

Senator Bernie Sanders heavily criticized Sanofi in an NYT Opinion Editorial, noting the firm has already received $43m from the government to develop a Zika vaccine and it is now expected to receive a further $130m. Senator Sanders said ‘if Trump approves this deal, Sanofi will be able to charge whatever astronomical price it likes for its vaccine.’ Chelsea Clinton praised Bernie Sanders’ article in a tweet

March 11, 2017
The Hill
March 13, 2017
Huffington Post
March 10, 2017
New York Times
March 11, 2017
Washington Examiner

Now Zika May Cause Heart Problems In Healthy Adults

Researchers at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Caracas identified nine patients who developed heart rhythm disorders while they had zika, only one had had cardiac problems previously - high blood pressure. “While we anticipated we would see cardiovascular effects from zika, we were surprised at the severity of the findings” researchers told the Wall Street Journal

March 10, 2017
Forbes, Science Daily
March 11, 2017
El Diario de Caracas
March 10, 2017
Physician`s Briefing
March 9, 2017
Wall Street Journal

En 60 días registran 32 casos de dengue y 166 probables

During the first sixty days of this year, Paraguay saw 32 cases of dengue, plus another 116 cases which are suspected to be also, but this will be confirmed, or not, in the coming days, according to health experts. The health team say there are 3 probable cases of chikungunya and a suspected 75 cases of zika too

March 6, 2017
ABC Paraguay
March 5, 2017
ABC Paraguay, Prensa Latina

Ministerio de Salud confirma 785 casos de dengue en el 2017

The majority of these Costa Rican cases are concentrated in the central canton of Alajuela, where there are 159 suspected dengue cases. In terms of Zika, there are 94 cases, and of these, 13 are pregnant women. There has been 86 cases of Chikungunya during the first eight weeks of the year  

March 2, 2017

Paraíba tem 943 casos suspeitos de microcefalia desde 2015, diz Saúde

In Paraiba state, there has been 943 suspected cases of microcephaly since 2015, according to the health department.

March 2, 2017
G1.Globo.com, Paraiba Online

Non communicable diseases

Trump Wants to Slash Funding for Birth Defect Research as States Brace for Zika Season

The Trump administration wants to slash the Centers for Disease Control budget by 17%, including cutting programmes such as the National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities, an initiative which is essential for zika research. With the funds initially earmarked to deal with the zika crisis now nearly all spent, such cuts would stymie the ability of state and local authorities to prepare for inevitable new infections or provide services to those affected by them

May 24, 2017

Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumour cells in experiments they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer. The research will focus on glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of barely five percent

May 18, 2017
May 20, 2017
Xinhuanet, Pulse Nigeria

Health systems

Escaping Big Pharma’s Pricing With Patent-Free Drugs

The U.S. government funded research and development of a new vaccine against Zika, but the Army, which paid a French pharmaceutical manufacturer for its development, is planning to grant exclusive rights to the vaccine to the manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, along with paying Sanofi up to $173 million. Sanofi will be free to charge the U.S. American health care providers and patients any price it wishes. Although American tax dollars funded the vaccine, and the U.S. took the economic risks, history suggests that many Americans would not be able to afford it

July 18, 2017
New York Times

Zika cases in India reveal gaping holes in our healthcare system

A statement by the World Health Organization says that the Zika virus has been present in India since November 2016, so the Hindustan Times says the Zika case was confirmed in January 2017, yet it took until May before this news was publicly released, and this is no way to deal with serious public health emergencies where immediate remedial action is needed to control what could become serious public health outbreaks. Indian officials claim there was no responsibility to inform the WHO while the WHO says there was, both can’t be right

June 5, 2017
Hindustan Times
June 2, 2017
May 31, 2017
June 2, 2017

Sanofi rejects US Army request for ‘fair’ pricing for a Zika vaccine

Sanofi Pasteur has rejected a request from the US Army to set an affordable US price for a Zika vaccine that the company is developing with American taxpayer funds, prompting an angry response from Senator Bernie Sanders. For months, Sanders has pushed the Army to negotiate a more favourable arrangement with Sanofi, who has already received a $43m U.S. research grant. But Sanofi recently refused, according to an Army timeline of events

May 17, 2017
Stat News

D.C.’s botched Zika testing leaves dozens of families monitoring for symptoms

Three people in the District were wrongly told they did not have the Zika virus last year, and 26 others who may have been infected were mistakenly given a clean bill of health, according to the final accounting of results botched by the city’s public health lab, officials say

May 9, 2017
Washington Post

CNN To Debut Jeffrey Wright-Narrated Pandemic Documentary ‘Unseen Enemy’ On World Health Da...

CNN will show a documentary, on April 7th, to coincide with World Health Day, which features some of the world’s top pathogen hunters and medical professionals who have been involved in tracking outbreaks of Zika, Ebola and influenza worldwide. The film called ‘Unseen Enemy’ makes the case that successful containment can be achieved with coordinated efforts of medical professionals, researchers, governments, communicators and the public 

March 17, 2017

Communicable diseases

Scientists plan to trick Zika-carrying mosquitoes into breeding themselves out of existence

This summer, a Silicon Valley tech company will have millions of machine-raised, bacteria-infected mosquitoes packed into windowless white vans, driven inland and released into the streets of Fresno, Calif. This year`s mosquitoes are being bred and distributed by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet that was formerly known as Google Life Sciences. Verily officials estimate that they will release 1 million mosquitoes per week in Fresno County, more than 25 times last summer`s numbers

July 20, 2017
Washington Post
July 14, 2017
July 21, 2017

UC Berkeley, biotech firm develop new test differentiating Zika from other viruses

An antibody-based test, developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Humabs BioMed, is able to determine if a person`s infection is from the Zika virus or another virus of the same family, such as dengue and West Nile viruses. Hailed by the researchers as the best-to-date test in differentiating Zika virus infections from infections caused by similar viruses, the new assay is currently in the licensing process

July 20, 2017
July 18, 2017
Science Daily, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Tamil Nadu not granting licence to private hospitals to screen the Zika virus

A health department official told The New Indian Express that some private hospitals had contacted them for a licence to screen Zika virus but the official said that if the license is granted, some private hospitals might misuse it to fleece patients. As per protocol, patients with complaints of fever and fatigue are to be tested for diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, malaria, jaundice, typhoid and leptospirosis. If doctors observe symptoms similar to dengue or chikungunya but tests are negative, blood samples are sent for the Zika test

July 12, 2017
The News Minute

Malaria drug protects foetal mice from Zika virus, NIH-funded study finds

Hydroxychloroquine, a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat malaria and certain autoimmune diseases in pregnant women, appears to reduce transmission of Zika virus from pregnant mice to their fetuses, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. The drug works by inhibiting autophagy, a process by which cells remove toxins and recycle damaged components to generate energy. The researchers show that Zika virus may manipulate this process in the placenta to infect the developing fetus

July 10, 2017
National Institutes of Health

NIH launches prospective study of Zika and HIV co-infection during pregnancy

The National Institutes of Health has launched a study to determine the potential risks that infection with the Zika virus might pose for pregnancies in which the mother is also infected with HIV. At this point, little is known about whether Zika virus infection poses additional risks for maternal or infant health in pregnancies already complicated by HIV. Researchers hope the new study will provide information on whether infection with one of these viruses might increase the risk for infection with the other

July 10, 2017
National Institutes of Health

China helps Guyana battle Zika, other infectious diseases

China has donated at least GYD$20 million in medical equipment to Guyana to aid the fight against Zika and other infectious diseases. The equipment will be used in the Reference Laboratory of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).“I want to thank the Chinese Embassy and the people of China for the continued support in the medical field and look forward to other support for the Reference Laboratory”, Health Minister, Volda Lawrence was quoted in a Ministry of Public Health statement as saying following the signing ceremony at the GPHC

June 27, 2017

Asian strain of zika virus has mutated: Scientists

In a cause for concern, the Asian strain of zika virus has mutated, the scientists have confirmed. According to Hyderabad doctors, zika virus has been most possibly present in the country for decades, but due to lack of diagnostic facilities at the local level, the disease has gone undetected. Now that the WHO has confirmed the presence of zika virus in Hyderabad, they warn that a strong surveillance is needed to prevent the spread of the virus, particularly in the backdrop of research reports that the Asian strain of zika has mutated. "We have not yet developed widely accessible tests for zika infection. We may, at times miss out the coinfection due to low index of suspicion and poor availability of diagnostic tests," experts warned

June 23, 2017
Times of India

Can Synbio Cure Malaria? – Fireside Chat with Oxitec’s CEO Hadyn Parry

Oxitec’s technology hinges on engineering male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit Zika and Dengue, with a ‘self-limiting’ gene causing their offspring to die. Using this approach, the biotech has been able to reduce mosquito populations of the Aedes aegypti species by over 90% by releasing Oxitec’s Friendly Aedes mosquito in field trials in Brazil, the Cayman Islands, and Panama. A massive shift, compared to the 35% reduction that can be achieved using conventional insecticides. Additionally, all of Oxitec’s mosquitoes are equipped with a fluorescent marker that allows to monitor the insects with an app

June 21, 2017

Trial to examine effect of Zika in infants, young children infected postnatally

A new trial funded by the NIH will examine the impact of Zika virus infection on early brain development in infants and young children in rural Guatemala who were infected after birth. It will include a cohort of approximately 300 infants and young children under 5 who acquired Zika or dengue virus infection, as well as a cohort of 500 new borns without Zika virus infection and a sibling cohort of approximately 400 young children. Researchers will follow the participants for at least 1 year to compare the outcomes of Zika-infected participants with those of non-Zika-infected participants who will be screened for a wide ranging set of neurologic issues

June 20, 2017
June 19, 2017
Stat News

More U.S. counties are finding mosquitoes that can spread Zika

With the summer mosquito season in full swing in many states, a new report shows a significant increase in U.S. counties across the South that have reported mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika and related viruses. Two types of mosquitoes are the primary transmitters of Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya viruses. Based on updated data collected through 2016, research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 38 additional counties — primarily in Texas but as far north as Illinois — documented the presence of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, Zika`s main vector. That`s an increase of 21 percent compared with an earlier 2016 survey

June 20, 2017
Washington Post, Miami Herald, USA Today, Newsweek

Congenital Zika Syndrome Linked with Dysphagia in Infants

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report on a study that has linked congenital Zika syndrome (CZS) with dysphagia, or trouble swallowing, in 9 Brazilian infants. The report was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. “All infants had a degree of neurologic damage, with global developmental delays, hypertonia of the limbs, and pyramidal and extrapyramidal signs,” according to the report. Furthermore, the majority of the infants also had “abnormal movement of the tongue,” which contributed to dysphagia. In some of the infants, hypertonia was responsible for abnormal posture and neck hyperextension

June 16, 2017
Contagion Live

Authorities who failed to share information about Zika cases have violated medical ethics codes

When a disease of this sort is detected, local authorities must be alerted so they can inform the public about taking the necessary preventative measures. This lack of transparency can have consequences when it comes to public health actions. The detection of Zika should have been widely disseminated to the academic community and to clinical and research facilities. This information helps the states to strengthen and/or set up surveillance and diagnostic systems. This lack of sharing of information is a serious ethical violation of the medical codes of best practice

May 29, 2017
Scroll India

Zika may cause eye problems in foetuses

Research shows there may be a link between the Zika virus and a number of neurological disorders including the Guillain-Barre syndrome and microcephaly. It could result in brain damage, disability, weakness, paralysis and could impact long-term memory. It could also lead to depression in some. This new research shows abnormalities in the eyes, which as part of the central nervous system, under develop in the foetus during pregnancy

May 29, 2017

Aedes consegue transmitir zika, dengue e chikungunya na mesma picada, diz estudo

The Aedes aegypti mosquito can transmit Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya in the same bite, a new study by Colorado State University researchers indicates. The results were published in Nature Communications and researchers say they shed some light on how multiple viruses occur. They say the mechanism is still not fully understood and there needs to be further research work in this field

May 20, 2017
Gazetta Web, Diario do Nordeste, Bhaz.com

Bill and Melinda Gates are placing bets on this biotech in the race to develop a Zika vaccine

The US Department of Health and Human Services has provisionally agreed to put in $125m to underwrite Moderna’s attempt to make a vaccine for Zika. The Gates Foundation has pledged to give Moderna Therapeutics up to $100m to develop mRNA-based vaccines for infectious diseases. The company claims it can direct cells to develop whatever protein it chooses, in effect, turning a body’s own cells into miniature factories, capable of developing the therapeutic proteins necessary to fight infections and heal diseases

May 19, 2017

Mosquito-borne viruses like Zika may be spread at lower temperatures, potentially expanding impa...

University of South Florida researchers are playing a key role in pinpointing optimal temperatures for mosquito-borne disease transmission. A recently concluded study shows that diseases such as Zika occur at lower temperatures than previously thought. This means that future transmission is much more likely to occur in subtropical and even temperate areas, such as the southern U.S. and northern Mexico

May 9, 2017

Clues to Zika Damage Might Lie in Cases of Twins

While identical twins often share a fate, fraternal twins typically don’t, a divergence that offers clues to researchers. With one sibling affected by microcephaly because his mother was bitten by a Zika infested mosquito during pregnancy and the other apparently spared, doctors are hoping that these nine sets of twins identified in Brazil’s Zika crisis may shed some light on how the virus works generally and why it inflicts ruthless damage on some babies and not others.

May 1, 2017
New York Times

‘They’re just hiding’: Experts say Puerto Rico may be underreporting Zika-affected births

The number of babies born in Puerto Rico with microcephaly and other birth defects caused by the Zika virus appears to be unexpectedly low, so much so that experts are questioning whether the count is being significantly underreported by authorities on the island. To date, Puerto Rico has reported only 16 cases of congenital defects associated with Zika, even though more than 3,300 pregnant women are known to have contracted the virus and several times that number are believed to have been infected

April 18, 2017
Statnews, Lancaster Online

Zika virus can trigger epilepsy

Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In a study of 48 babies in Brazil with probable congenital Zika infection, 50% reportedly had clinical seizures, the research team reported (

April 18, 2017
CBS News
April 17, 2017
Miami Herald
April 19, 2017
Science Times

India vulnerable to infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola

A new report says that South Asian nations, including India, are vulnerable to emerging infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola and their level of preparedness is adequate to protect public health. Inadequate surveillance and uneven health system capacity may accelerate the spread of emerging infectious diseases in the region, which is already burdened by diseases like tuberculosis, HIV and malaria. This was an analysis published as part of twelve analyses on health in South Asia published in the BMJ

April 12, 2017
Business Standard

UN: Latin America's Poor Need More Help to Tackle Zika

The ripple effects of the Zika virus are hitting the poor hard in Latin America and the Caribbean and could k nock back development unless states involve communities in a stronger push to tackle the disease, a UN-led study said. The virus will cost the region between $7bn and $18bn from 2015-17, said the report, large economies like Brazil will shoulder the biggest share of the cost, put poorer countries like Belize and Haiti will suffer the severest impacts 

April 6, 2017
Voice of America, Reuters, Huffington Post

Zika causes birth defects in one in 10 pregnancies: U.S. study

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysed a group of U.S. women with clear, confirmed test results of Zika infection during pregnancy. About one in 10 women had a fetus/baby with birth defects researchers found. Babies affected by Zika can develop congenital Zika syndrome which includes brain abnormalities, vision problems, hearing loss and problems moving limbs

April 4, 2017
Reuters, Miami Herald
April 5, 2017
Tech Times, Live Science
April 4, 2017

'White coats' alone can't combat infectious disease outbreaks: U.N. adviser

Poor countries need more resources and training on the ground to combat infectious diseases that are spreading in new ways and to new places, partly due to climate change, said David Nabarro, who is in the race to be next head of the World Health Organization. The first thing in dealing with outbreaks is to make sure there is capacity in the countries to deal with the problems early and simulation exercises are crucial in ensuring local communities are prepared

March 31, 2017
April 1, 2017
Economic Times, DFID
March 31, 2017
Financial Times

Prior exposure to dengue or West Nile could make Zika worse: report

A new study says that prior infection with West Nile of dengue, two viruses closely related to Zika, can make Zika symptoms worse. It raises a degree of concern about current or experimental dengue vaccines because they could inadvertently make Zika infection worse. The study authors suggested that companies consider combining a dengue and Zika vaccine to protect against both illnesses at the same time

March 30, 2017
March 31, 2017

Revelan la estructura de una proteína clave en la replicación del virus Zika

Scientists have finally ‘assembled’ the genome of Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus, a mosquito that transmits West Nile virus. The new ‘genetic map’ still requires more work but the new study places 94% of the genomes of the two mosquitoes onto three large chromosomes. The genomic replication of the virus is made possible by its NS5 protein. This function of ZIKV NS5 is unique to the virus, making it an ideal target for anti-viral drug development

March 27, 2017
El Correo, O Globo
March 23, 2017
March 27, 2017
Globo.com, Eureka Alert

The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease

Epidemiologist, Michael T. Osterholm and film maker, Mark Olshaker call U.S. budget proposals to raise military spending but cut funding for health and research bodies tasked with vaccine development, combatting antibiotic resistance and new infectious diseases misguided. They say these agencies fell short in their response to Zika. They wonder if something like H7N9 could be a new pandemic. They say that if left unchecked drug resistant infections will kill more people worldwide than cancer and diabetes combined

March 24, 2017
New York Times

Peru reels from floods as it waits for end to brutal rainy season

The spectre of diseases thriving amid pools of stagnant water in flooded neighbourhoods is one of a raft of problems Peru faces as it waits for the end of an unusually brutal rainy season. More than 80 people have been killed and 110,000 people displaced in rain-related incidents since December, most of them this month after a sudden warming of Pacific waters off the coast unleashed torrential downpours in a damaging local El Nino phenomenon

March 23, 2017
March 24, 2017
La Prensa
March 27, 2017
Diario Correo, Peru Informa

ALERT: Zika Virus Could Be Transmitted by More Mosquito Species Than Previously Thought

A new study revealed the number of mosquito species capable of transmitting the Zika virus is larger than first thought. The study names another potential 26 candidate species which can serve as vectors for the virus

March 1, 2017
Nature World News, India.com, ProKerala, The Asian Age

Why Europe should lead on fight against disease

Renate Baehr, executive director of the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevolkerung, wrote an Op Ed for Politico Europe, in which she argued that ‘the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit have made European action on disease control more important than ever and that the Bloc needs to fill the U.S. power vacuum as it steadily withdraws’

February 23, 2017