The Zika virus is another wild card dealt to us by nature. It was first discovered in 1947, but only recently grew into one of the newest global health threats, primarily for pregnant women and their unborn children.
The way the military protects America’s welfare is straightforward. The way that other U.S. agencies prevent pandemics is less understood.
By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News This story was first published June 13, 2016; it was most recently updated April 5. The Zika virus caused birth defects in about 10 percent of the 250 pregnant women confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have contracted the virus, according to figures published April […]
By Shefali Luthra A series of studies released Wednesday shed a preliminary light on the Zika virus’ consequences for children infected in the womb. But, experts said, the findings also highlight additional challenges: identifying affected babies and making sure they receive needed follow-up care as they grow. That task could prove complicated, especially as new […]
By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Researchers have discovered a piece in the puzzle of how the Zika virus spreads in human cells and neutralizes the body’s defenses. A study by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine answered a fundamental question posed by biologists: What happens when the virus enters […]
By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It’s screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk. But despite best efforts, there’s a problem, says Legacy’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ann Barnes. Women who could […]
By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman. When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who […]
By Emily Kopp Kaiser Health News This story has been updated and was first published on Aug. 29. The aerial-spraying campaign against Zika-carrying mosquitoes continues in two Florida counties this week, and if the blitz succeeds as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes, it could be one for the record books. Scant published research […]
A map of North America plotting the local Zika transmission potential over time and space. Areas displayed in red have the highest Zika transmission potential. Zhang et al, CC BY-NC-ND Authors: Natalie Exner Dean Postdoctoral Associate in Biostatistics, University of Florida Alessandro Vespignani Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor, Northeastern University Elizabeth Halloran Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research […]
By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News As the Zika virus spreads both at home and abroad, new information is bringing to light how children — even those who at birth do not show obvious signs of impairment — are likely at a greater risk than previously believed. This possibility, experts say, is highlighting a need to better […]