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A 'Likely' First in Texas: Zika Spread by Local Mosquito

Lone Star State would join Florida in having local transmission cases

(Newser) - Texas health officials knew it was "only a matter of time," and that time has arrived, they now say: The state has logged its first case of Zika likely spread by a local mosquito, the Guardian reports. This news puts Texas alongside Florida as the only other state... More »

13 Babies Had Heads of Normal Size. Then 11 Didn't

Researchers find Zika can cause microcephaly well after birth

(Newser) - Even babies whose heads appear to be of normal size at birth can go on to develop microcephaly, according to new research out of Brazil. Writing in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , scientists say that of the 13 babies they tracked who were born without any outward... More »

UN: Zika Isn't a Global Emergency Anymore

But UN is still preparing for a long fight against the virus

(Newser) - Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the UN health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe neurological defects in newborns whose mothers were infected, the AP reports. WHO officials were quick to... More »

Zika Virus Ravages Testicles of Male Mice

Just 2 weeks post-infection, their testes shrank visibly

(Newser) - The Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, or shrunken heads, in the infants of pregnant women who contract the virus, but it also decimates the testicles of males—at least in mice, report researchers in the journal Nature . Little is currently known about the impact of an infection on... More »

Mosquitoes Transmitting Zika in Another Fla. Neighborhood

5 people infected in 1-square-mile area north of Little Haiti

(Newser) - Florida health officials have identified another Miami neighborhood where mosquitoes have spread the Zika virus to people, the AP reports. Gov. Rick Scott's office announced Thursday that five people have been infected with Zika in a 1-square-mile area of the city just north of the Little Haiti neighborhood. According... More »

A New Worry in Hurricane Matthew's Wake: Zika

Scientists warn that infection rate could rise as standing water attracts mosquitoes

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew left more than devastation behind on its rampage from Haiti to North Carolina. Experts are worried the storm created conditions that could unleash the Zika virus from southern Florida up the Atlantic coast, reports McClatchy . Pools of standing water left in the storm's wake make prime breeding... More »

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