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Golf: Day, Lowry out of Olympics over Zika fears

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Jason Day and Shane Lowry both say they must prioritize their families welfare over competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Zika crisis fueled by 'massive policy failure' – WHO chief

May 24, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The World Health Organization s Margaret Chan also warns that failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services has exacerbated the crisis

epa05325198 China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) adresses her statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2016. The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) meets from 23 to 28 May 2016 in Geneva. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Singapore reports first Zika case

May 13, 2016 - 11:07 PM

The patient is a 48 year old male foreigner who is a permanent resident of Singapore

Mice experiments show how Zika invades placenta, fetus

May 12, 2016 - 4:55 PM

The studies illustrate how the virus could invade the brain of a developing fetus and trigger complications

epa05278988 A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, 26 April 2016. Lowering the risks of Zika in pregnant women requires 'fast' measures because humanity has 'never before' faced a mosquito-borne disease with birth defects, said Honein, an expert from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. EPA/LEONARDO MUNOZ

Disease experts to compare Zika notes in Paris

Apr 24, 2016 - 1:09 PM

The experts will also review progress in the development of Zika diagnostics and vaccines

ZIKA RESEARCH. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Bangladesh confirms first case of Zika virus

Mar 22, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The case dates back to 2014 – a 67 year old Bangladeshi man whose condition is now fine

epa05152810 An Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever and Zika virus, is pictured at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Insect Pest Control Laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, 10 February 2016. Several Latin American countries searching for ways to control Zika-carrying mosquitoes have recently turned to the IAEA for help. Brazil, El Salvador and several other Central American countries have expressed interest in using technology to sterilize male mosquitoes by irradiating them to drive down populations of the insect. Experts of the IAEA and the UN have developed ways to breed millions of these insects and to expose them to a few minutes of radiation, a method that does not make the animals radioactive. EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

Pacquiao drops in poll, Comelec, Google vs Zika | 6PM wRap

Mar 04, 2016 - 6:40 PM

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Google, UNICEF to map spread of Zika virus

Mar 03, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The Internet giant aims to help predict potential outbreaks so governments and NGOs will know where to focus

epa05165560 Workers fumigate a train car at a train depot in Seoul's Gangseo Ward, South Korea, 17 February 2016, as a precaution against the spread of the Zika virus (ZIKV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the same day that the government will launch a nationwide mosquito control program to prevent the import of the mosquito-borne virus. The control efforts will target the Asian tiger mosquito, said to spread the virus that causes microcephaly in unborn children. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Cuba reports first case of Zika

Mar 02, 2016 - 11:20 PM

The first Zika patient in Cuba is a 28 year old female doctor from Venezuela

Health authorities with the help of the Cuban army fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue in a street of Havana, on February 23, 2016. Cuban President Raul Castro announced Monday that 9,200 troops and police have been mobilized in a campaign to eliminate mosquitoes and protect the country against the Zika virus. Cuba has not officially recorded any cases of the mosquito-borne virus, which is strongly suspected of causing serious birth defects in babies born to infected mothers. But 28 countries and territories in the Americas and the Caribbean have reported cases of active Zika transmission, with 1.5 million in Brazil, the hardest-hit country. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE

Colombia reports almost 43,000 Zika cases

Feb 28, 2016 - 7:25 AM

More than 7 000 of those infected are pregnant

epa05132142 Residents wait outside as Health Secretary workers fumigate their homes to avoid the spread of the 'Aedes aegypti' in Cali, Colombia, 28 January 2016. The fast spread of the Zika virus in the Americas has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan said on 28 January in Geneva. 'The level of alarm is extremely high,' Chan told WHO member state representatives meeting in Geneva, noting that the virus was spreading 'explosively' through mosquitoes in the region. There are estimates that there may have been 1.5 million Zika cases in this year's Olympic host country Brazil, where the outbreak started last year, senior WHO officials said. EPA/Christian Escobar Mora

Pope on Zika and contraceptives, Marcos wealth, Toyota | 12PM wRap

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:12 PM

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Pope Francis on Zika: Contraception a lesser evil

Feb 19, 2016 - 1:53 AM

The pontiff says abortion is a crime but adds that avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil

epa05156298 A picture made available on 12 February 2016 of Leticia de Araujo (L) holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 February 2016. The mother Leticia de Araujo, who caught the Zika virus during her third month of pregnancy, says that it is possible to raise her daughter in a completely normal way. 'The only difference is that Manuelly has a time when she cries a lot and gets very nervous waving her arms' but 'beyond that is normal'. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

ISIS, Nike terminates Pacquiao deal, Zika response plan | 12PM wRap

Feb 18, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile

Feb 08, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Brazilians enjoy the glitzy spectacle determined not to let the Zika outbreak ruin their partying

Revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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Feb 04, 2016 - 7:46 PM

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POC monitoring Zika outbreak in lead-up to Rio Olympics

Feb 03, 2016 - 4:00 PM

It is a potential health problem not only for our athletes but for everyone else should they get infected

DISINFECTION. Local workers disinfect the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades, on next 05 February, to fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna viruses. Photo by Marcelo Sayao / EPA