Florida finds first US mosquitoes with Zika virus

The United States and Britain have joined Australia and Taiwan in advising pregnant women to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore, while a local health expert has warned the infection rate would rise.

Finding the virus in mosquitoes has been likened to finding a needle in a haystack, but the testing helps mosquito controllers target their efforts, and it confirms that the insects are indeed a mode of transmission, as suspected, said the CDC.

"The way the government of Singapore has handled the outbreak in Singapore really represents in many cases a role model.remembering that the first case was only confirmed really just a little over a week ago", he said.

One of the most fundamental questions in this current epidemic is why countries such as Brazil, the epicenter of the current epidemic, have reported almost 2,000 cases of microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, while countries such as Colombia, where more than 18,000 pregnant women have been infected since last fall, have reported fewer than three dozen cases.

County officials are awaiting results on another batch of mosquitoes, though they wouldn't say where they were trapped, reported Miami Herald.

There are now 2,722 cases of Zika virus confirmed in the continental USA, as well as another 14,110 in American territories, according to the Center for Disease Prevention And Control's (CDC) most recent update published Wednesday. State officials did not reveal how the mosquitoes were captured.

There is no specific treatment for the virus and there is now no vaccine.

Declaring an outbreak a PHEIC requires officials to believe that the virus can pose a health risk for several countries and that it "potentially requires a coordinated global response".

As of August 26, HHS has obligated $264 million of the $374 million redirected for the domestic Zika response.

China received many times more travellers per year from Zika-affected parts of the Americas, but spent more on healthcare.

"On the other hand, if it enters another unprotected population, we may see a repeat of what we have already seen in Brazil and other parts of Latin America".

Senate Republicans have scheduled a vote on $1.1 billion in Zika funding for next Tuesday, when Congress comes back into session.

No Zika infections were reported in Brazil during the Olympics, either among athletes or visitors, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The southern African country has an ongoing epidemic of yellow fever, caused by a virus which, like Zika, is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Partners of pregnant women are advised to use a condom to guard against sexual transmission during pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it is running out of funds to fight the virus.

"The Bangladeshis infected with Zika in Singapore are fine", the minister told reporters during a visit to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.



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