Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream -- five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.
Health officials on Tuesday reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America.
Scientists have mapped the genome of bedbugs in New York City, then traced fragments of the nefarious pests' DNA through the subway system.
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur announced Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas.
Following the rapid spread of Zika virus, Bhutan's health ministry has beefed up surveillance across the country.
The Council of Agriculture (COA) on Saturday confirmed Taiwan's second rabies case this year after a farmer in the central part of the country was bitten by a ferret-badger.
The Centers for Disease Control on Saturday confirmed the first case of German measles, also known as rubella, in Taiwan this year and called on the public to be on alert if they travel to Southeast Asia.
The IOC advised national Olympic committees on Friday to follow the World Health Organization's guidance on dealing with the Zika virus ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, asserting its confidence that the games will be safe.
The Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America, and Asian governments have issued advisories in a bid to contain the mosquito-borne disease, which could be linked to birth defects and can cause temporary paralysis.
Around the fifth month of her pregnancy, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos fell ill with a high fever and angry red splotches on her skin.