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Answers On Zika, Microcephaly Link Up To 6 Months Away, WHO, U.S. Officials Say

International Business Times: Zika Outbreak 2016: Proof Of Link Between Zika Virus And Birth Defects May Take 6 Months, WHO Says “The World Health Organization said Friday that it could take four to six months to prove the link between the Zika virus spreading through the Americas and the birth…

WHO Issues Guidance For Blood Supply Collections In Zika-Hit Nations

New York Times: WHO Advises Caution, but Not a Halt, in Blood Collection in Zika-Affected Areas “The World Health Organization issued recommendations on Friday for safeguarding the blood supply from the Zika virus, but said blood collection might need to continue in some affected areas, despite concerns that the virus…

U.S. Official Expresses Concern Over Zika’s Possible Impact In Haiti; Colombia Experiencing Higher Incidence Of Zika-Associated Guillain-Barré

Agence France-Presse: ‘Extreme’ U.S. worry about Zika impact in Haiti “A top U.S. health official expressed ‘extreme concern’ Friday over the potential for Zika to expand throughout Haiti and said the United States is helping the deeply impoverished Caribbean nation prepare. There was ‘extreme concern of Haiti in terms of…

As Aedes Aegypti Spreads Diseases, Mosquito Proves Tough Foe, Researchers Say

PRI: We’ve lost the battle against dengue, is Zika next? “…[H]ow we have been fighting the battle against dengue could predict our odds of winning the battle against Zika. From the chart above, chances are pretty slim. Although we identified the Aedes aegypti as a dengue vector as early as…

Climate Change Factors Into Disease Spread Worldwide, UNEP Executive Director Says

The Hill: U.N. links climate change to Zika, Ebola “…In a speech [last] week, the executive director of the U.N.’s Environment Programme (UNEP) said officials should take a more aggressive stance toward climate change, highlighting studies that show nearly a quarter of premature deaths around the world can be attributed…

Contraception Becoming More Acceptable Among Some Religious Leaders, Especially For Public Health Reasons

Associated Press: Philippine bishops back pope’s remarks on Zika contraception “Despite their staunch opposition to contraceptives, Philippine Roman Catholic bishops expressed their full support Saturday to Pope Francis’ remarks suggesting artificial contraception can be used by women threatened by the Zika virus…” (Gomez, 2/20). Los Angeles Times: Pope Francis isn’t…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Zika Outbreak Response

The Conversation: Using birth control to combat Zika virus could affect future generations Simon Beard, research fellow in philosophy at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute “…While delaying pregnancy may be relatively costless for individuals, if many people simultaneously decide to delay conception this will have significant demographic…

Obama Administration Officials Concerned Over Zika In Puerto Rico, Given Territory’s Limited Health Care Infrastructure, Medicaid Funding

Wall Street Journal: Obama Administration Pushes Steps to Aid Puerto Rico With Zika Virus “Obama administration officials are increasingly worried about Puerto Rico’s ability to handle a projected influx of Zika virus cases, given the territory’s struggling health care infrastructure and limits on federal Medicaid funding. … In addition to…

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