Hologic Wins Emergency US Authorization For Zika Virus Test

(Reuters) – Hologic Inc won emergency U.S. authorization to sell its Zika test, expanding the number of public and private labs that can test for the virus as health officials brace for a rise this summer in the number of infections. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the company’s Aptima… Read More »

University Of Pittsburgh Researcher Infects Herself With Zika Virus, But No Risk To Public

A University of Pittsburgh researcher is infected with the dreaded Zika virus after an unfortunate needle, officials from the university and local health department independently confirmed last Thursday. University spokesman Joe Miksch said the unidentified researcher pricked herself with a needle containing Zika on May 23 while conducting experiments. By June 1, she developed symptoms associated with Zika, prompting a blood test.… Read More »

New Research Finds Low Risk Of Zika Virus At Olympics

CHICAGO (Reuters) – 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 more than 500,000 athletes and fans expected to travel to the epicenter of the epidemic. Controversy about the global gathering in August has grown as more about… Read More »

WHO Emergency Panel To Meet In June On Zika Virus And Olympics: Spokeswoman

zika Zika virus outbreak, the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee on Zika will meet in the coming weeks to evaluate the risks tied to going on with the Games in August, a WHO spokeswoman said on Friday. “The Emergency Committee meeting will consider the situation in Brazil, including the question of the Olympics,” WHO spokeswoman… Read More »

Disease Evolution: How New Illnesses Emerge When We Change How We Live

This article was originally published on The Conversation. It is also the third and final article in our disease evolution package. Click here to read the first: Disease evolution: our long history of fighting viruses and second instalments: Disease evolution: the origins of anorexia and how it’s shaped by culture and time. The Conversation . Humans have been… Read More »

World Bank Launches $500M Insurance Fund To Fight Pandemics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – – The World Bank on Saturday said it was launching a $500 million, fast-disbursing insurance fund to combat deadly pandemics in poor countries, creating the world’s first insurance market for pandemic risk. Japan has committed the first $50 million towards the facility, which will combine funding from reinsurance markets with the proceeds… Read More »