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First 3D image of Zika virus could speed vaccine hunt – study

Apr 01, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Zika s particular characteristics may be what allows it to attach to certain molecules and infect certain human cells

3D. This image obtained March 31, 2016 shows a representation of a near-atomic level map of Zika virus showing its structure. Handout photo by Purdue University/Kuhn and Rossmann research groups/AFP

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

Palace cautions public on Zika virus

Jan 30, 2016 - 2:18 PM

The health department also advises pregnant mothers to postpone their plans to travel to the Americas where the virus is spreading rapidly especially if the trip is not urgent

STAY ALERT. Government cautions Filipinos against the threat of the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly in the Americas. File photo from Wikipedia

Researchers scramble to fight 'brand new' Zika virus

Jan 30, 2016 - 9:56 AM

The US government is appealing for all kinds of research on Zika and will draw from a pool of 97 million to fund studies on everything from how it spreads to how it causes disease to how to control the mosquitoes that spread it

BRAND NEW VIRUS. A Peruvian physician works with a sample to confirm the infection with Dengue virus in Lima, Peru, January 29, 2016. Photo by Ernesto Arias/EPA

Experts urge PH to pass folic acid food fortification law

Jun 25, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Fortifying wheat flour with folic acid can potentially reduce birth defect incidence in the country

Graphics by Mara Mercado and Nico Villarete