Zika virus

Malaria Treatment Fails for First Time

Foreign travel to tropical regions increases the threat of contracting malaria, though effective treatments have been widely available to those who come in contact with the disease. But recently in the U.K., a common malaria drug treatment, artemether-lumefantrine, failed to cure four

Florida expands Zika zone in Miami Beach after five new cases

The active transmission zone grew from 1.5 square miles to 4.5 square miles and consists of a large portion of the popular tourist destination, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement on Friday evening, Reuters reports. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

US to begin human testing of experimental Zika vaccine

Inovio Pharmaceuticals said on Monday it received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to begin early-stage safety tests of its DNA-based vaccine against the mosquito-borne virus. That puts the company ahead of researchers at the National Institutes of Health, who have

First confirmed case of Zika virus in Russia

On February 15, Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection (Rospotrebnadzor) confirmed the first in the country registered case of Zika virus, Joinfo.ua reports.

U.S. President to ask Congress for funds to fight Zika virus

The U.S. President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but Obama also said there was no reason to panic

Indian scientists said they developed Zika virus vaccine

Indian scientists from Bharat Biotech Ltd. in Hyderabad say they developed two candidate vaccines against Zika virus, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to NDTV. "On Zika, we are probably the first vaccine company in the world to file a vaccine candidate patent about

World Health Organisation declares Zika virus a public health emergency

WHO chief Margaret Chan said the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly was “strongly suspected but not yet scientifically proven,” the Guardian reports. “After a review of the evidence, the committee advised that the clusters of microcephaly and other neurological complications

The U.S. President urged Zika virus vaccine development

The U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the rapid development of tests, vaccines and treatments to fight the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and could spread to the United States in warmer months, Reuters