Zika virus

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.

First female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika recorded

The first documented case of Zika virus transmitted from a woman to a man through sex was reported by US health authorities Friday, raising new concerns about how the epidemic might spread.

Zika may have passed its peak, researchers say

The Zika epidemic in Latin America may have already passed its peak, according to a study in the US journal Science published Thursday.

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.

Germany sees first Zika transmission due to sex with infected partner

Germany has recorded its first case where the Zika virus was transmitted on its territory, according to one of the country's leading public health institutes Friday, a case in which a woman contracted the disease during sex.

Germany records first Zika transmission; sex with infected partner

Germany has recorded its first case where the Zika virus was transmitted on its territory, according to one of the country's leading public health institutes Friday, a case in which a woman contracted the disease during sex.

First Zika-related US death reported in Puerto Rico

Federal health authorities on Friday reported the first death related to the Zika virus on US territory.

Zika virus "scarier than we initially thought," US officials say

Calling what they've learned since focusing on the Zika virus "not reassuring," US health officials said Monday the illness brings a "broader set of complications" for pregnant women than first thought.

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.

Reconsider travel to Brazil, US officials say in latest Zika warning

US health officials on Friday said pregnant women planning to travel to Brazil for the Olympics should reconsider taking the trip because of the Zika virus.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tata Motors mulls changing name of Zica car amid Zika virus scare

Tata Motors is due to launch a small car in India whose name sounds like a fast-spreading virus, forcing the automaker to consider changing the vehicle's name.

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.

IOC chief Bach says no Zika fears for Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is in close contact with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the spread of the Zika virus, IOC president Thomas Bach said Saturday.

Six things to know about the Zika virus

Latin American health authorities and the World Health Organization are alarmed about the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

Zika virus spread has WHO considering global health emergency

Concerns about the spread of the Zika virus in the Americas have prompted the World Health Organization to convene an expert panel to determine if the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan said Thursday in Geneva.

WHO chief convenes emergency meeting on Zika virus

The World Health Organization will convene a meeting of an expert committee to determine if the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan said Thursday.

Man tests positive for Zika virus in first Danish case

A man in Denmark has tested positive for the Zika virus that has been linked to birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, a hospital in the western city of Aarhus said late Tuesday.

Brazil takes steps to control spread of Zika virus during Olympics

Authorities in Brazil say they have launched a campaign to protect athletes and visitors from the Zika virus during the summer Olympics.

WHO says Zika virus will likely spread across American continents

The Zika virus that has been causing concerns about possible birth defects will likely reach nearly all countries in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.