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Zika virus linked to babies’ eye problems

A team of ophthalmologists has found previously unreported eye problems in infants born to mothers who showed signs of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The researchers from Brazil and Stanford University observed unreported eye problems like retinal lesions, haemorrhaging and abnormal blood vessel development in three Brazilian infants with microcephaly — a birth defect marked […]

Zika virus risk higher than first thought

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The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought. Quoting scientists in Brazil, BBC reports that Zika could be behind more damaging neurological conditions, affecting the babies of up to a fifth of infected pregnant women. Rates of increase in Zika infection in some parts of Brazil have slowed, thanks to better […]

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2.2 billion people in ‘at risk’ Zika areas

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More than two billion people live in parts of the world where the Zika virus can spread, detailed maps published in the journal eLife show. The Zika virus, which is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, triggered a global health emergency this year. Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the […]

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Zika virus scarier than thought

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The Zika virus is “scarier” than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted. Quoting US public health officials, the BBC reports the matter. Dr Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a wider range of birth defects has been linked to the virus. And […]

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Zika virus of some unknown

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What is Zika virus? Zika virus is usually mild fever, allergic rash, conjunctivitis (eye mucous membranes), and causing muscle pain, is caused by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Zika virus first emerged in Uganda in 1947, Zika forest. Since then, it has gone to Africa on a small scale in Asia in 2007, […]

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What zika virus?

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Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere tropical. It was discovered in 1947 in the forest in Uganda. However, the outbreak of the virus has been found in Africa and Asia often. The history of naming the virus zika The name “zika” was taken from the forests of Uganda zika. In 1947, scientists in the study […]

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‘Very low risk’ of spreading Zika from Olympics

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is a “very low risk” of Zika virus spreading globally as a result of holding the Olympics in Brazil. There is no need to move the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro, or to postpone or cancel them, WHO experts said. The WHO reaffirmed earlier advice against imposing any […]

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