Tag Archives: Zika:

US Issues Blood-Donating Guidelines To Combat Zika

Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also spreads dengue fever. Washington:  US health officials on Tuesday issued new guidelines for donating blood aimed at avoiding the contamination of the country’s blood supplies with the Zika virus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recommended that anyone returning from a region in which the virus is being transmitted or ... Read More »

Study Suggests Zika Can Cross Placenta, Adds To Microcephaly Link

Zika virus can cross the placental barrier, but does not prove it causes microcephaly, according to study. LONDON:   In what experts describe as another piece of evidence linking Zika with the risk of birth defects, researchers on Wednesday reported finding the virus in the amniotic fluid of two pregnant women whose foetuses were diagnosed with microcephaly. In a study in ... Read More »

Zika Scare Prompts Philippines To Advise Women To Postpone Pregnancy

The Philippines, sole reported case of Zika was in 2012 and involved a teenage boy in Cebu island in central Philippines. (Reuters File Photo) MANILA:  A minister in the Philippines has urged women to delay pregnancy until more is known about the mosquito-borne Zika virus raging in Latin America, even though the Asian country’s only reported case of zika was ... Read More »

Upsurge In Paralysis Condition Accompanies Zika: Doctors

Zulay Balza fails to close her eyes as neurologist Jairo Lizarazo tests her facial muscles at the Erasmo Meoz Hospital in Cucuta, Colombia. (AP Photo) CUCUTA, Colombia:  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 weakness started ... Read More »