Zika virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women visiting Florida due to the Zika virus outbreak.

The CDC is also advising women who travel to Florida to avoid getting pregnant until at least 8 weeks after visiting the Florida area.

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Zika virus

Health officials in South Florida confirm 3 pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus. The total number of cases in the state of Florida stands at 32.

All of the infected patients contracted the mosquito-borne infection while traveling out of the country.

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Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a case of sexually transmitted Zika virus infection in the Dallas, Texas area.

The CDC confirmed the case in a statement to CNN.com. Dallas County health officials announced the case involves a man who had sex with someone who recently returned from Venezuela.

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Zika virus vaccine

President Barack Obama is calling for urgent research into developing a vaccine, testing and treatment for the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

“The president emphasized the need to accelerate research efforts to make available better diagnostic tests, to develop vaccines…, and to ensure that all Americans have information about the Zika virus and steps they can take to better protect themselves from infection,” the White House said in a statement.

But researchers say a Zika vaccine may take a decade to develop.

The Ebola vaccine was available sooner because years of research had already gone into developing an Ebola vaccine.

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Zika virus

A mosquito-borne virus that causes horrific birth defects in babies has spread to New York from Latin America.

ABC affiliate WABC-TV reports four cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in the New York area.

None of the cases involve pregnant women. At least 2 of the cases got the infection when they traveled outside of New York.

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Kaci Hickox

A defiant epidemiology nurse broke quarantine to go for a bike ride with her boyfriend today in Maine. Hordes of photographers ran alongside Kaci Hickox’s bike as she rode through her rural town for about an hour. Hickox refused to quarantine herself for 21 days after returning from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients.

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