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Health > Infectious Diseases
Scientists on Friday said they had found the first evidence of a biological link between the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and microcephaly, a severe deformation of the brain among newborns.
 
Study: 1st evidence that Zika may cause temporary paralysis
Scientists may have the first evidence that Zika can cause temporary paralysis, according to a new study of patients who developed the rare condition during an outbreak of the virus in Tahiti two years ago.
 
The number of people infected with influenza that developed into severe complications rose by 320 in Taiwan last week, the highest weekly growth of the ailment in the past five years, a senior official at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
 
Study finds anti-AIDS vaginal ring partially protects women
In a new approach to HIV prevention, women modestly reduced their risk of infection by inserting a vaginal ring coated with an anti-AIDS drug once a month, according to two long-awaited studies from Africa.
 
Rise in paralysis condition accompanies Zika: doctors
The doctor taps Zulay Balza's knees with a hammer and she doesn't feel a thing. She can't squeeze his outstretched fingers or shut her eyelids. Her face is partially paralyzed.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued its second-highest travel advisory in its three-tier system Sunday for Thailand after the World Health Organization listed the country Feb. 12 as one of the countries to report indigenous Zika virus cases.
 
India launches campaign to deworm millions of children
Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development.
 
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.
 
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