Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to...
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France’s Valneva says has generated possible Zika vaccine

French biotech firm Valneva said on Thursday it has produced a possible vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Valneva said its facility in Lyon, central...
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U.S. to fund Zika virus study of U.S. Olympic team

The U.S. National Institutes of Health said it will fund a study to monitor U.S. athletes, coaches and members of the Olympic Committee staff for...
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New research finds low risk of Zika virus at Olympics

New research attempting to calculate the risk of the Zika virus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may reassure organizers and many of the...
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WHO advises eight weeks of safe sex after return from Zika areas

People returning from areas where the Zika virus is found should follow safe sex practices or abstain from sex for at least eight weeks rather...
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Faced with strict laws, Brazilian women keep abortions secret

Years after giving into family pressure and having an illegal abortion, one Brazilian woman says she is haunted by the secret procedure so taboo that...
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2016 predicted to be hottest year on record

Last April was the hottest on record since 1880, with an increase of 1.1 degrees Celsius compared to those calculated between 1951 and 1980 average...
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WHO recommends Dengue vaccine in areas with high infection rates

The World Health Organization’s expert group on immunization said on Friday it recommended that countries consider introducing Sanofi’s dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in areas where prevalence...
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Zika mystery deepens with evidence of nerve cell infections

Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the...
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WHO sees scientific consensus on Zika

Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder...
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Latin American women face ‘lottery’ chances at life-saving health services

Access to potentially life-saving contraception and abortion can be a lottery for women and girls in Latin America, often depending on their ability to pay...
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BioCryst’s Zika drug shows promise in mice

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday a dose of its experimental antiviral drug improved survival rates in mice infected with the Zika virus in a...
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