Tag Archives: Zika

Zika Cure Update: What New Progress Has Been Made?

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to serious birth defects in children, spread further and faster this year than it ever had before, and prompted the World Health Organization to declare the disease an international health emergency in February. However, there is good news — recent research suggests we may be close to finding a way to prevent future Zika infections. In… Read More »

Zika Virus May Lead To ‘Global Epidemic’ Of Microcephaly And Other Birth Defects Throughout The World

Despite ongoing research into the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the question of whether it actually causes children infected in the womb to develop a variety of birth defects, including microcephaly (an abnormally small head), still hasn’t been proven. A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, however, claims to have found some of the strongest… Read More »

Zika Virus In Adult Human Eyes, New Study Discovers

A recent study has shown that the Zika virus can also be found in the human eye, in line with reports that showed links between the infection and eye diseases. In the study, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology, researchers from the Guangdong Provincial Institute of Public Health in China tested the… Read More »

Zika Virus May Attack Adult Brain Cells Too

he more we get to know the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the more worrying its bite becomes. The latest unfortunate news comes from a team of Italian doctors reporting on the peculiar case of a 32-year-old woman infected with Zika while staying in the Dominican Republic earlier this spring. After returning to Italy in mid-April, the woman… Read More »

Zika Virus Risks Update: Epidemic May Spread In Africa And Asia

Currently, over 65 countries and territories around the world are battling transmission of the Zika virus. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization declared the virus —mainly spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito and sometimes sexual transmission — an international health emergency. A new study suggests that the two billion residents of the Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan and… Read More »

Zika Effects In Babies Update: Virus May Cause Deafness As Well As Microcephaly

The laundry list of health problems associated with Zika infection in the womb continues to expand, according to new research published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Brazilian team of researchers studied the available medical records of 70 infants diagnosed with microcephaly (a smaller than normal head), almost certainly caused… Read More »

How Long Does Zika Virus Live In The Vagina?

It seems that with each new day, there’s more bad news to learn about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The latest, published Thursday in Cell, suggests that the virus may be able to survive in the vagina of women for nearly a week after they’re infected. Yale researchers, led by Dr. Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of immunobiology and scientist at the… Read More »

Tragic Photos Show How Zika Damages Babies’ Brains

An exhaustive study of Zika-infected babies released in Radiology reveals the extent of destruction that the mosquito-borne virus causes to their developing brains. The international coalition of researchers reviewed the brain scans and ultrasound photos of 45 babies either confirmed or strongly suspected to have been infected with Zika while in the womb. The images, obtained from the… Read More »