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Confirmed Reports Of Local Zika Transmission In Florida Prompt U.S. Senate Democrats To Call For Immediate Funding Compromise; Health Advocacy Groups Urge Action

Devex: Cecile Richards on the Zika funding blockade “Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has fought her fair share of battles to protect the health services organization’s work around the world. Now she’s fighting for the opportunity to tackle a global threat: Zika. Richards stopped by the Devex studio after meetings…

Number Of Zika Cases Rising Quickly In Puerto Rico, CDC Report Shows

New York Times: Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing “The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America is now raging in Puerto Rico — and the island’s response is in chaos. The war against the Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying the virus is sputtering…

GMO Technology Integral To Studying Disease Threats

The Conversation: GMOs lead the fight against Zika, Ebola, and the next unknown pandemic Jeff Bessen, PhD candidate at Harvard University “…Most modern biomedical advances, especially the vaccines used to eradicate disease and protect against pandemics such as Zika, Ebola, and the flu, rely on the same molecular biology tools…

Brazil Researchers To Examine Possible Co-Factors In Zika-Related Birth Defects

Nature: Brazil asks whether Zika acts alone to cause birth defects “Government researchers in Brazil are set to explore the country’s peculiar distribution of Zika-linked microcephaly — babies born with abnormally small heads. Zika virus has spread throughout Brazil, but extremely high rates of microcephaly have been reported only in…

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