Health


Zika cases in NY prompt webinar for health officials
- February 07, 2016

The National Health Institute said that 1,050 of Colombia's Zika infection cases were confirmed by laboratory tests, 17,115 by clinical exams, and 2,132 were suspected cases. At a special meeting Thursday in Geneva, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus was becoming much more of a threat. The Aedes mosquito transmits the Zika virus, a breed of mosquito not established in Canada . (more...)
Quebec woman has recovered from Zika virus
- February 07, 2016

In a statement by the Ministry on Friday, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, assured Nigerians that there was no case of the Zika Virus in the country. The government of El Salvador has advised women to avoid getting pregnant until 2018. It said the pair also "agreed to continue to prioritise building national, regional and global capacity to combat infectious disease threats more broadly". (more...)
CDC widens Zika virus guidelines for pregnant women
- February 07, 2016

Dr. Garcia said her practice is developing a screening questionnaire to assess each patient's risk for Zika virus based on her travel history. The disease causes illness including joint pain and high fevers in people who contract it. Officials at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg have also said a student contracted the Zika virus while traveling in Central America over winter break. (more...)
Republican debate has second-lowest rating, but beats Trump rally
- February 07, 2016

The Republican debate of Thursday night was held without the Republican front runner, Donald Trump , who held his own rally, and whose absence gave the other Republican candidates an opportunity to discuss and debate issues. According to estimates of the viewers, the Fox News debate swamped Trump's event with Fox totaling up as much as 170 percent more audience than Trump's event, even though Trump was being aired on three channels while the Fox News debate was only aired on one. (more...)
Zika virus: Health department confirms 3 cases in D.C. Zika virus: Health department confirms 3 cases in D.C.
- February 07, 2016

Officials warned that the species of mosquito most commonly associated with transmission of Zika - the aedes mosquito - is not now active in New York City or the surrounding areas. The CDC is now telling doctors to test the women for Zika between two and 12 weeks after they get back to the U.S., Frieden said. It is now telling men who have been to areas with outbreaks of the Zika virus to consistently use condoms during sex with pregnant women. (more...)
Donald Trump's Post-Iowa Twitter Meltdown
- February 07, 2016

Facing the make-or-break moment for his presidential campaign in Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary, Gov. Chris Christie has gone big and bold with a prediction: It's a two-man race in the establishment lane between him and U.S. "We finished second, and I want to tell you something", he said late Monday in Des Moines. The Iowa caucuses helped trim the GOP field, allowing debate host ABC News to scrap an undercard event for low-polling candidates. (more...)
New Zika Guidelines Advise Pregnant Women To Avoid Sex
- February 06, 2016

The case seemed to confirm two earlier scientific reports suggesting sexual transmission of Zika is possible although considered rare. A pregnant woman whose male partner may have been exposed to Zika or has a history of Zika-like illness should discuss her risk of exposure with her doctor or other health care provider, the U.S. (more...)
Scientists find Zika in saliva, urine; unclear if can transmit infection
- February 06, 2016

The WA Department Health said this afternoon that an adult who recently returned from central America had been diagnosed with Zika virus infection. What they do know is the virus contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito and can be sexually transmitted. (more...)
Zika virus: Brazilian health institute discovers Zika in saliva, urine Zika virus: Brazilian health institute discovers Zika in saliva, urine
- February 06, 2016

In a statement (in Spanish), the health ministry said the pregnant woman was diagnosed as having Zika in the north-eastern Catalonia region. It cites three cases of infected males showing symptoms who transmitted the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued new guidance aimed at reducing the risk of sexual transmission of Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that has spread across the Americas and been tied to an alarming rise in birth defects. (more...)
Brazilian Lab Detects Zika Virus in Saliva, Urine Brazilian Lab Detects Zika Virus in Saliva, Urine
- February 06, 2016

The number of cases are expected to rise with the temperatures. In the last week, she said, at least 50 patients have contacted her practice about Zika virus . Dr. Garcia said her practice is developing a screening questionnaire to assess each patient's risk for Zika virus based on her travel history. "If you have returned from a Zika-affected country and are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you should see your GP - regardless of whether you have symptoms ". (more...)
Brazilian lab detects Zika in saliva, urine
- February 06, 2016

United States health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating. Zika is also blamed for an increase in cases of a potentially deadly neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. " Symptoms typically begin two to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito ". (more...)
UK to spray insecticide inside planes from Zika-affected regions - Guardian
- February 06, 2016

But since eighty percent of people with the virus have no symptoms , self-reporting misses most infections. Zika, which is spreading through the Americas, Caribbean, Pacific and parts of Africa, has been linked to babies being born with brain defects. (more...)
Governor Scott urging Florida to prepare for Zika virus
- February 06, 2016

Zika virus is carried by the same mosquito, Aedes aegypti , that transmits dengue. Still, sexual transmission of Zika virus is thought to be rare; there are just three known reported cases of the virus spreading through sex. Zika outbreaks have occurred in more than 20 countries in South America, the Pacific Islands, and Cape Verde in Africa. In the statement, WA's chief health officer Professor Tarun Weeramanthri said there was no risk to West Australians who had not travelled recently ... (more...)
North Korea begins fuelling rocket Report
- February 06, 2016

He said China needed contacts "with all parties", mentioning the United States, South Korea and Russian Federation. "Indications have been detected recently that North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range missile, with more movement of vehicles at the launch facility at Dongchang Village, North Pyongan Province", a senior official with the South Korean military said on Thursday. (more...)
Zika detected in urine, saliva: top Brazilian researchers
- February 06, 2016

With so many unknowns about Zika, researchers are keen to sequence the virus to see if it has evolved into a form capable of causing microcephaly , or an abnormally small head in infants. Brigina Kemp, a top health official in the Brazilian city of Campinas, told The Associated Press that a gunshot victim and a transplant patient each tested positive for Zika after receiving blood transfusions from different donors. (more...)
Zika Sexual Transmission in US Prompts Health Warning
- February 06, 2016

Because of the suspected link between the virus and the birth defect, called microcephaly , the CDC recommended two weeks ago that pregnant women postpone trips to countries with Zika outbreaks, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean. "Imagine the social and economic impact of having a mega sporting event with millions of attendees with a brutal infection in the country... especially at a time we are going through an economic crisis", said Dr. (more...)
Quinnipiac Poll: Sanders closes in on Clinton, Trump still leading the pack
- February 06, 2016

It was Clinton who went on the offensive, saying he could never achieve his proposals. "I can get things done". In a poll from political newsletter Inside Michigan Politics and polling firm Target Insyght, Clinton leads Sanders 62 percent to 30 percent with 7 percent of voters undecided. (more...)
After criticism, Brazil transferring Zika samples to US
- February 06, 2016

In Brazil , where scientists reportedly have discovered Zika virus in urine and saliva samples, a top health official recommended pregnant women avoid even kissing someone who is not their regular partner, along with not sharing cutlery or dinnerware with people who appear symptomatic. (more...)
CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms
- February 06, 2016

The virus isn't airborne like the flu; it isn't spread via handshakes; nor is it a government cover-up that's straight out of the recent X-Files reboot. Brazil's health ministry said it had been collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to nail down whether Zika causes Guillain-Barré. (more...)
Donald Trump Claims Ted Cruz Committed Fraud, Calls for New Iowa Election
- February 06, 2016

The vote between Clinton and Sanders was so close that the victor from Monday night's voting was not declared by the Iowa Democratic Party until Tuesday afternoon. Trump , who owns Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, in Stormville, still holds 30 percent of the vote from likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate or who have voted absentee. (more...)