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Iowan Tests Positive for Zika Virus

Iowan Tests Positive for Zika Virus

"The general public is not at risk of contracting this virus, because the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are not established in Iowa", said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. However, many more cases have likely gone undetected or been misdiagnosed as dengue or chikungunya, which are also spread by the same type of mosquito - the Aedes aegypti - and have similar symptoms of headache, fever rash and joint pain.

Another donor from May tested positive for Zika, but "the recipient of the contaminated blood has not developed symptoms of the virus".

They stated that while no vaccine or antiviral for Zika is now available, it is important to control the mosquito population, as well as conduct further studies to understand the mechanisms that may lead to microcephaly.

The World Health Organization has cited a "strongly suspected" relationship between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly, a condition in newborns marked by abnormally small heads and brains that have not developed properly.

Now the outbreak is focused in Brazil and Colombia, but is spread across Latin, Central, and southern regions of North America.

Mexico and Cuba would take the worst hits by dollar value this year, it said, reducing their GDP by US$744 million and US$664 million, respectively, as it expects the virus to cause a drop-off in Caribbean tourism.

Syria aid convoys prepare to head to besieged areas
Turkey has long called for a safe zone in northern Syria but has not been able to secure the backing of the USA and other allies. At a news conference, she said such an agreement would be "a sign of good will" and would put many people at ease.


Brazil's Health Ministry announced on Wednesday that it was considering most of the 508 confirmed cases of microcephaly in the country to be linked to the Zika outbreak.

The last inmate of a group known as the "Angola Three" has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and a lesser offense in the 1972 death of a prison guard and is expected to be released Friday after more than four decades in... As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported travel-related Zika virus infections in 21 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. People often have trouble remembering every detail from six months ago - for example, when they might have been bitten by mosquitoes, the primary source of Zika infections.

For this study, de Filippis' team investigated the cases of two women, aged 27 and 35, from Paraiba in northeastern Brazil. The patient's symptoms have been resolved, officials said.

"We don't know enough about it", White said, adding it's unclear whether the exact same virus circulating in the Americas is also prevalent in Asia. Women who are trying to become pregnant should talk to their doctor about their plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection.

WHO has declared the clusters of microcephaly and other neurological complications associated with Zika "an extraordinary event and public health threat to other parts of the world".


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