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Google donates $1M to help fight Zika virus spread
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Google is donating $1 million to fight the spread of the Zika virus and offering engineers and data scientists help to determine where it will hit next. Zika has become an epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean since last fall. The virus is mainly spread through mosquito bites and has been
Zika outbreak concerns some athletes planning families
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New Zealander middle-distance runner Nick Willis and his wife already have a toddler, and they're looking to add to their family. Concern over the Zika virus is putting those plans on hold. Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500 meters, hopes to compete this summer at the games in
London hospital admits nurse who recovered from Ebola twice
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LONDON (AP) — London's Royal Free Hospital has admitted a Scottish nurse who has already recovered from Ebola twice before for another "late complication" from her last infection with the lethal virus. In a statement Tuesday, the hospital said Pauline Cafferkey will now be treated by its
US-Brazil teams probe link between Zika and microcephaly
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JOAO PESSAO, Brazil (AP) — Joint teams of U.S. and Brazilian health workers will fan out across one of Brazil's poorest states Tuesday in search of mothers and infants for a study aimed at determining whether the Zika virus is causing babies to be born with unusually small heads. Brazil's
UN: Stopping Zika may require genetically modified insects
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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the Americas. The virus has been linked to a spike in babies born with abnormally small heads,
WHO: possible Zika vaccines months away from broad trials
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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials. WHO assistant director-general for health systems and innovation Marie-Paule Kieny says the U.N. health agency's response is "proceeding very quickly" and 15 companies
India launches campaign for deworming millions of children
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development. In a village on the outskirts of the Indian capital, the children washed their hands
China reports 1st case of imported Zika virus
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BEIJING (AP) — China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday. The man from the southern city of Ganzhou had been treated in Venezuela on Jan. 28 before returning
Nobel medicine prize panel official resigns over inquiry
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HELSINKI (AP) — The Swedish panel that awards the Nobel medicine prize says its secretary-general, Urban Lendahl, has resigned because of an investigation into disputed stem-cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini. Ann-Mari Dumanski, a spokeswoman of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska University,
Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic
Chemotherapy suite opened at IGMH
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A chemotherapy suite for cancer patients have been opened at India Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH). The suite was opened by the Health Minister Iruthisham Adam at a special ceremony held at the hospital today.
French Caribbean facing Zika epidemic, taking extra measures
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PARIS (AP) — France's health minister says two French regions in the Caribbean are facing an epidemic of the Zika virus, and the government is sending extra hospital equipment and preparing extra medical staff to combat it. Marisol Touraine told reporters Wednesday that Martinique and French
Sexually transmitted Zika case confirmed in Texas
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DALLAS (AP) — Health officials on Tuesday reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America. The unidentified person had not traveled but had
The Latest: Female airline crew can request no Brazil flight
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PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Zika virus (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The airline Swiss says female flight attendants and pilots won't be required to fly to Sao Paolo, Brazil, if they don't want to because of the Zika virus outbreak. The Swiss carrier, a subsidiary of
WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread
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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world. The U.N. agency took
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