Zika

Florida Expected To Lift South Beach Zika Zone On Friday

Dec 8, 2016
Associated Press

Miami-Dade officials expect Florida to lift its Zika warning over South Beach on Friday, ending the county’s last transmission zone for the mosquito-borne disease that has rattled the region’s tourism industry and upended the lives of pregnant women and their partners.

Little River Zika Zone Lifted

Dec 2, 2016
Kate Stein / WLRN

Florida Gov.  Rick Scott announced Friday that the state Department of Health is lifting the Zika zone in Miami’s Little River neighborhood because 45 days have passed without any new local cases in the area.

“This is a good news day,” the governor said repeatedly. But he urged residents to remain vigilant. Zika infections have been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, which can cause intellectual disabilities, seizures and cerebral palsy.

Miami-Dade Reports 4 More Local Zika Cases

Dec 1, 2016

State health officials said Wednesday they have found four more locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Miami-Dade County, while two "travel-related" cases were reported in the Orlando area.

The number of new Zika cases in Puerto Rico has dropped dramatically in recent weeks, yet health officials worry the full effect of the outbreak on the island may not be known for months or years to come.

Puerto Rico has confirmed more than 34,000 Zika infections since the virus was first detected on the island in November 2015.

A Southwest Florida research company said it has developed a medication to combat Zika. The pill is meant to treat people who’ve already contracted the mosquito-borne virus. 

Part Of Miami Beach Lifted From Zika Zone

Nov 23, 2016

A part of Miami Beach has been lifted from the state's Zika zone.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Most voters in the Florida Keys said in a Nov. 8 referendum that they were in favor of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Keys.

Zika Cases In Florida Close To 1,200

Nov 22, 2016

Health officials reported three more cases of the Zika virus Monday, as Florida moved closer to 1,200 cases since the outbreak began.

Florida Confirms 11 More Zika Cases

Nov 21, 2016

Florida health officials on Friday identified 11 new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing the state total to 1,188 cases.

In the Florida Keys on Election Day, along with the presidential race, one of the most controversial items on the ballot dealt with Zika. In a nonbinding vote countywide, residents in the Florida Keys approved a measure allowing a British company to begin a trial release of genetically modified mosquitoes. Armed with that approval, local officials voted Saturday to try out what they hope will be a new tool in the fight against Zika.

3 New Local Zika Cases Reported In South Florida

Nov 17, 2016

State health officials said Wednesday that three more locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been found in South Florida, with each having ties to Miami-Dade County.

Some tiny clusters of brain cells grown in a lab dish are making big news at this week's Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.

Known as "minibrains," these rudimentary networks of cells are small enough to fit on the head of a pin, but already are providing researchers with insights into everything from early brain development to Down syndrome, Alzheimer's and Zika.

6 More Local Zika Cases Confirmed In Florida

Nov 10, 2016

State health officials Wednesday reported six more local cases of the mosquito-borne

No one knows what the Trump administration has planned for U.S. foreign aid programs and other global initiatives that fight poverty and disease.

There are some topics that Donald Trump has not addressed. Global advocacy groups such as the ONE Campaign have tried to get Trump to share his ideas of how to "tackle extreme poverty" on the record. After a year of campaigning, he still hasn't responded.

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