Zika

WHO declares end of Zika global health emergency

Zika no longer constitutes a global health emergency because intensified research during the past months has provided a better understanding of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in Geneva on Friday.

Health institute: Germany registers 200 cases of Zika in one year

About 204 cases of the Zika virus have been registered with German authorities over the past year, 154 of those since it became compulsory to do so on May 1, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said Tuesday.

23 Zika infections so far in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities have now reported 23 Zika virus infections, with 12 new cases diagnosed in Ho Chi Minh City, state-run media reported Tuesday.

Vietnam reports first case of Zika-linked microcephaly

Vietnam has confirmed its first case of microcephaly thought to have been caused by the Zika virus, authorities said on Sunday.

First case of Zika virus discovered in Myanmar

Authorities confirmed the first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Myanmar, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health. 

Zika epidemic declared in Ho Chi Minh City

A Zika epidemic has been declared in parts of Ho Chi Minh City, local media reported Thursday.

Thailand to test pregnant women in Zika-prone areas

Pregnant women living in areas of Thailand prone to Zika outbreaks are to be tested for the virus, the Thai Health Ministry said on Monday.

Thailand says two newborns diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Thailand on Friday confirmed that two newborns have been diagnosed with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus for the first time in South-East Asia.

Report: More insurance firms offering Zika coverage in Singapore

Amid a viral outbreak of Zika in Singapore, insurance firms have added Zika-related coverage to their personal accident and travel policies, according to a report in Monday's The Straits Times.

Philippines reports three locally transmitted cases of Zika virus

Two more Filipinos were found to be infected with the Zika virus, bringing to three the number of locally transmitted cases in the Philippines, the health secretary said Tuesday.

Pregnant woman infected by Zika virus in Malaysia

A pregnant woman has become Malaysia's third confirmed case of the Zika virus, the government said Wednesday.

Singapore faces double whammy with increase in Zika, dengue cases

A health expert warned Tuesday of a possible double whammy of increasing Zika and dengue fever cases in Singapore.

Health Minister warns of more Zika cases emerging in Malaysia

Malaysia’s Health Minister Sunday warned of an increase in Zika cases following the detection of local transmission of the virus.

Malaysia reports first locally transmitted Zika infection

Malaysia has recorded its first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus, health officials said Saturday.

Zika virus confirmed in US mosquitos

Authorities have detected Zika in mosquitos in Miami Beach, the first time the insects have been found carrying the virus in the United States.

Malaysia reports first Zika case

Malaysian health authorities on Thursday confirmed the country's first case of Zika, over a week after neighbouring Singapore reported its first outbreak of the virus.

Singapore confirms 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus

The Singaporean government has stepped up efforts to combat mosquitos after 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika infections were confirmed, local media reported Monday.

Blood banks across US should screen for Zika, US regulator says

Blood banks across the United States were told Friday they should start screening donated blood for the Zika virus.

US issues travel warning for Miami Beach amid Zika cases

US officials are warning pregnant women not to travel to Miami Beach, Florida, amid reports of Zika transmission in the area.

NYC: 49 pregnant women infected with Zika, one baby born with defect

Of 3,400 at-risk pregnant women in New York City, 49 have tested positive for the Zika virus since April and one baby has been born with microcephaly, a condition linked to the virus that causes an abnormally small head, city officials said Tuesday.

No Zika at the Olympics - but the epidemic isn't over for Brazil

Pre-Olympic fears over a Zika outbreak in Rio were so strong that some called for the Games to be cancelled, yet there hasn't been a single reported case during the competition - mainly thanks to the South American winter. But poor sewage systems in Brazil mean the virus is likely to return as temperatures increase.

Newborn dies from Zika virus in Texas

A newborn child died in Texas shortly after birth due to complications stemming from the Zika virus, becoming the state's first Zika-related fatality, health authorities said Tuesday.

Zika vaccine trial launched in US amid growing worries about virus

US health authorities on Wednesday announced the launch of a clinical trial of a vaccine to fight the Zika virus.

US mosquito-borne Zika cases reach 14 in Florida

The number of confirmed mosquito-transmitted cases of Zika virus in the continental United States has grown by 10 cases, the governor of Florida said Monday.

First Zika infections caused by continental US mosquitoes

The first cases of Zika virus transmitted in the continental United States by mosquitoes have been recorded in Florida, the south-eastern state's governor said.

Latin American abortion requests rise amid Zika fears

The mysterious Zika virus has been detected in 61 countries, the majority in Latin America. More and more pregnant women are considering abortions out of fear of birth defects in their babies.

McIlroy to withdraw from Olympics consideration over Zika fears

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has withdrawn himself from consideration for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics over concerns relating to the Zika virus.

WHO backs Rio Olympics despite Zika, sees low risk of spread

Athletes and fans should travel to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as planned despite the Zika outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday, countering calls for delaying or relocating the Summer Games.

WHO Zika panel does not heed call for delaying Olympics

There should be no travel ban to Brazil ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in response to the current Zika outbreak in Brazil, a medical expert committee advising the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

WHO mulls Zika response after scientists call for delaying Olympics

UN-appointed experts discussed Tuesday whether the international strategy to fight the Zika virus needs to be adjusted, following a demand by 200 scientists to delay or relocate the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Health minister: Number of Zika cases plummets in Brazil

The number of Zika infections in Brazil has dropped precipitously just months before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the country's health minister said Friday.

Olympics organizers: No risk of Zika infection in Rio

Organisers of the upcoming summer Olympic Games said Tuesday that they see no health risks posed by the Zika virus.

Health institute: 12 Zika cases registered in Germany in May

Twelve cases of the Zika virus have been registered with German authorities since it became compulsory to do so on May 1, local media reported Wednesday.

WHO issues stricter Zika guidelines to prevent sexual transmission

Travellers should practice safe sex for at least eight weeks after returning from areas with Zika infections, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday, doubling the time period that was recommended in its previous guideline.

WHO reports major funding gap for fight against Zika

Member nations have so far donated only 13 per cent of the money required to respond to the Zika virus outbreak in the first half of this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Monday.

Scientists and WHO disagree over Zika risk for Rio Olympics

August's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved to avoid intensifying the spread of the Zika virus, according to a letter signed by 151 leading scientists.

Scientists, WHO disagree over zika risk for Brazil Olympics

Brazil's Olympic Games should be postponed or moved to avoid intensifying the spread of the zika virus, according to a letter signed by 151 scientists.

WHO confirms Zika virus in Cape Verde comes from Americas

The Zika virus found in the Cape Verde islands, off the western coast of Africa, belongs to the same strain found in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

WHO sees "low to moderate" risk of Zika spread in Europe this summer

There is a low to moderate risk that the Zika virus will spread in Europe during late spring and summer, the World Health Organization said Wednesday in a new assessment.

Australia's Olympians to be armed with Zika-proof condoms for Rio

Australia's Olympians will be given extra protection for the upcoming Rio games, in the form of "Zika-proof condoms," it was announced on Monday.

Uganda, "birthplace" of the Zika virus, remains free from outbreak

The Zika virus has been declared a global health emergency, but residents of Uganda, where the virus was first discovered nearly 70 years ago, are showing no signs of infection. Local scientists are trying to understand why.

UN sets up trust fund to finance Zika response

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon established a trust fund Friday to assist the financing of urgent priorities in the global fight against the Zika virus, which is currently concentrated in Latin America but is likely spread rapidly.

US health authorities confirm Zika virus causes microcephaly

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday confirmed what has long been suspected about the Zika virus: it causes microcephaly.

US tells women exposed to Zika to wait to become pregnant

US health officials warned women Friday to wait at least eight weeks before trying to become pregnant if they have been exposed to the Zika virus to avoid the risks of birth defects.

Zika came to Brazil earlier than assumed, genetic analysis shows

Zika already arrived in Latin America in 2013, according to a genetic study that disproves the theory that the virus was imported to Brazil during the 2014 football World Cup.

WHO expects thousands of Zika birth defects in Latin America

Latin America could be faced with thousands of neurological birth defects in the wake of current Zika outbreaks, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said Tuesday in Geneva.

WHO advisors advocate genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika

Genetically modified mosquitos should be used to control the Zika virus in closely monitored pilot programmes, leading scientists advising the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

WHO: First Zika vaccine trials may come too late for Brazil

The first tests of Zika vaccines on humans are expected to start only at the end of the year and will therefore not be able to help fight the current outbreak in Brazil, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said Wednesday.

WHO issues travel warning for pregnant woman as Zika concerns grow

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday issued stricter precautions for pregnant women in Zika areas, citing growing evidence that the viral disease causes a range of neurological problems in unborn children.

WHO tells pregnant women not to travel to Zika areas

Pregnant women should not travel to Zika infection areas, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises, upgrading its previous recommendations.

WHO expert panel: Growing evidence that Zika causes birth defects

Data collected over the past weeks provides "increasing evidence that there is a causal relationship" between the Zika virus and birth defects observed in Latin America, a World Health Organization expert panel says.

Philippines reports first Zika case; officials say no outbreak

Philippine authorities on Monday said there is no Zika outbreak in the country despite confirmation that an American woman tested positive for the virus after visiting the northern region.

Zika could be associated with temporary paralysis, study says

Scientists studying Zika have for the first time found a possible link between the virus and a neurological syndrome that can cause temporary paralysis, according to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet.

WHO tells mothers to breastfeed despite Zika

Mothers should continue to breastfeed their babies in Zika outbreak areas because there is no evidence that the virus can be passed to children in this way, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

First Zika cases reported in Czech Republic

The Czech Health Ministry on Thursday reported the first two confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the country.

WHO could take six months to find link between Zika and malformations

Researchers may need up to six months to find out how Zika fever is connected to malformations in babies, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said Friday in Geneva.

World Bank: Zika economic impact could be 3.5 billion dollars

The economic impact of the fast-spreading Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean is likely to reach 3.5 billion dollars this year, but could climb if the mosquito-borne illness is not quickly contained, the World Bank said Thursday.

UN puts 56-million-dollar price tag on fight against Zika virus

It will take at least 56 million dollars until June to fight the Zika outbreak and deal with the interlinked series of infant malformations in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a first budget estimate.

UN requires 56 million dollars to counter Zika outbreak

It will take 56 million dollars to fight the Zika virus, a disease that has been linked to a series of infant malformations in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

WHO chief Chan to visit Zika-hit Brazil next week

World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Margaret Chan will visit Brazil next week to meet government and health officials amid the Zika outbreak, a spokeswoman for the UN health organization said Tuesday in Geneva.

Brazil unleashes all-out war against Zika virus

The army has been deployed nationwide to battle Brazil's "public enemy number one" - the Aedes aegypt mosquito. Fear of the Zika virus is widespread, but the means to stop the disease are limited. Now, authorities are pursuing a battle plan on five fronts.

WHO: Zika vaccine trials at least 18 months away

The first large-scale trials of a vaccine against the Zika virus is at least 18 months away, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said Friday in Geneva.

Maltese man held in isolation after contracting Zika virus

A 32-year-old Maltese man is being held in isolation at his home after contracting the Zika virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Finland reports second travel-related Zika case

Finland has had a second travel-related case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus since June, a Finnish health official said Wednesday, confirming a news report.

China confirms first travel-related Zika virus case

Officials in China confirmed the country's first case of the fast-spreading Zika virus, state-run Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.

CDC raises alert over Zika; White House to seek more money for fight

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention put its emergency operations centre on the highest level alert on Monday in response to the Zika virus.

US Zika command centre on highest level alert

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is putting its emergency operations centre on the highest level alert in response to the Zika virus.

US: Human trials of Zika vaccine could be held this summer

Human trials of a vaccine for Zika virus could begin as soon as this summer, the top US infectious disease researcher says.

Germany reports 15 Zika cases

Germany has 15 known cases of the Zika virus, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine told dpa on Friday.

UN urges Latin America to ease abortions laws amid Zika outbreak

Latin American countries should give women the choice to have safe abortions amid the current Zika outbreak, the UN human rights chief urged Friday, while researchers in Brazil reported that the virus might also be transmitted via saliva and urine.

Zika epidemic adds to Brazilian President Rousseff's woes

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, whose approval ratings are languishing around 10 per cent in opinion polls, is hearing further disapproval as the government grapples with the country's Zika virus epidemic.

Five things we don't know about Zika

The Zika outbreak in the Americas has raised concerns around the world, not only because the virus spreads quickly and has been linked to birth defects, but also because so little is known about the fever disease that normally causes only mild symptoms.

Latin American health ministers discuss Zika virus at crisis summit

Latin American health ministers were meeting in Montevideo on Wednesday for a regional crisis summit to discuss the public health emergency declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the rapid spread of the Zika virus.

WHO keeps focus on Zika's mosquito path despite sex infection case

The single case of sexual transmission of the Zika virus in Texas raises concerns, but the main focus must remain on preventing mosquito bites, the World Health Organization says.

Europe urged to prepare for Zika, French territories face epidemic

France's health minister said Wednesday that two overseas territories are entering an epidemic phase of Zika, and that measures have been taken to combat the spread of the virus.

Ireland finds two separate Zika infections in adults

Irish health authorities have confirmed two unrelated infections with the Zika virus, saying the two adults are "currently well and fully recovered."

Indian biotech company says developing Zika vaccines

An Indian biotech company is working on developing vaccines for the Zika virus, the company's founder said Wednesday.

Texas officials report first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus

Health authorities in Dallas, Texas, said Tuesday they had received confirmation of the first transmission of the Zika virus through sexual contact.

Zika spread boosts demand for mosquito irradiation technology

Several Latin American countries searching for ways to control Zika-carrying mosquitoes have recently turned to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for help, experts of the organization said Tuesday.

South Korea holds emergency meeting on Zika virus amid Asia fears

South Korea said Tuesday it would adopt measures to avoid the possible spread of the Zika virus, which was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization.

WHO declares global health emergency over Zika outbreak

Brazil on Monday welcomed a decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a public health emergency over the Zika virus.

WHO declares global health emergency due to Zika virus outbreak

The Zika virus outbreak across the Americas constitutes a health emergency of international concern, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said Monday in Geneva.

Brazil launches beach awareness campaign against Zika virus

Brazilian authorities launched an awareness campaign on the beaches of Rio de Janiero on Sunday to educate the public about the Zika virus.