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WHO, CDC, Other Scientists Continue Research Into Possible Causal Link Between Zika, Microcephaly

CIDRAP News: WHO addresses Zika fears as more microcephaly findings surface “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] released a comprehensive backgrounder on Zika virus issues related to childbearing-age women, covering reports of sexual transmission and contraception resources, as researchers promised open data sharing and reported new Zika-related microcephaly findings…” (Schnirring,…

Obstacles Remain To Abortion, Contraception Access For Latin American Women Affected By Zika

Huffington Post: GOP Congressmen Oppose Abortion Rights For Women With Zika In Developing Countries “Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday. ‘This…

World’s Leading Scientists, Research Journals, Funders Pledge To Share Data On Zika

Deutsche Welle: Top scientists pledge to share Zika data to hasten global response “Top research institutions, funders, and publishers said in a statement on Wednesday they would come together to share data in response to the public health emergency posed by the rapid spread of the Zika virus…” (2/11). Reuters:…

Latin American Health Authorities Face Challenges In Preventing Zika But Use Many Methods

Agence France-Presse: Fish, other mosquitoes now warriors in Zika battle “With larva-chomping fish and genetically modified insects, Latin Americans are deploying legions of little helpers to destroy mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in the world’s latest mass health scare…” (Marquez et al., 2/10). Associated Press: In Central America, gangs an…

Angola Reports 37 Dead Since December In Yellow Fever Outbreak

Reuters: Angola says 37 dead in yellow fever outbreak “A yellow fever outbreak in Angola has killed 37 people since December with eight new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the country’s national director of health Adelaide de Carvalho said late on Wednesday…” (Coroado/Toyana, 2/11).

Questions Persist In Mosquito Gene-Editing Debate

The Guardian: Should we wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth? Archie Bland, writer and commissioning editor for the Saturday Guardian “…Whatever the priorities, no scientist disputes that if the technology were to be perfected, the gene-drive plan [to alter the genetic code of male Aedes aegypti — the…