Florida Zika cases prompt UK advice for pregnant travellers

Florida Zika cases prompt UK advice for pregnant travellers

  • 30 July 2016
  • From the section UK

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Pregnant women are being advised by Public Health England to consider postponing non-essential trips to the US state of Florida, amid concerns over the Zika virus.

Exclusive: In Florida Zika probe, federal scientists kept at arm's length

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016.

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The state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedicated team of the federal government’s disease hunters to assist with the investigation on the ground, health officials told Reuters.

Coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since the state reported possible local Zika transmission on July 19 has been conducted largely at a distance, they said. That is surprising to some infectious disease experts, who say a less robust response could lead to a higher number of infections.

Trendy Miami neighborhood is first in U.S. with local Zika spread

Tourists visit the Wynwood Walls, a popular outdoor graffiti exhibit that also falls in the approximately one-mile area where Florida Governor Rick Scott and state health officials announced one woman and three men contracted the Zika virus locally, in Miami, Florida July 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Zachary Fagenson
Tourists visit the Wynwood Walls, a popular outdoor graffiti exhibit that also falls in the approximately one-mile area where Florida Governor Rick Scott and state health officials announced one woman and three men contracted the Zika virus locally, in Miami, Florida July…

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Christophe and Franziska Lefever were admiring graffiti at an outdoor gallery in a chic Miami arts district on Friday when they learned that the first cases of Zika spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States were contracted in the area.

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Zika virus: Florida cases 'highly likely' to be first US-based infections

Zika virus: Florida cases ‘highly likely’ to be first US-based infections

  • 29 July 2016
  • From the section US & Canada

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Southern Health NHS Trust 'paid millions' to Katrina Percy's associates

Southern Health NHS Trust ‘paid millions’ to Katrina Percy’s associates

By Michael Buchanan
Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News
  • 29 July 2016
  • From the section England

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Florida reports evidence of local Zika transmission


Four people in Miami likely contracted Zika locally through mosquito bites, Florida’s governor said on Friday, the first evidence that the virus tied to a rare but serious birth defect is circulating in the continental United States.

Governor Rick Scott said the state believed active transmission of the virus was occurring within an area of Miami about the size of a square mile (2.6 square kms). Testing showed that one woman and three men had been infected, Scott said.

WHO chief going to the Olympics, says Zika risk low

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan attends a news conference in Beijing, China, July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan attends a news conference in Beijing, China, July 29, 2016.

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The risk of Zika virus infections at the Olympic Games is both low and manageable, the chief of the World Health Organization said on Friday, a week before the event kicks off in Rio de Janeiro.

Nearly half a million people are expected to visit for the Games, many from the United States. Worries about security, the Zika virus and an economic crisis could deter travelers, with just under a third of event tickets as yet unsold.

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is already used to treat some cases of Parkinson’s disease and certain other brain-based disorders. It involves implanting electrodes in specific areas of the brain, then connecting them to a pulse generator placed under the skin of the chest. Once the generator is programmed, it delivers continual electrical pulses that alter the activity in specific brain “circuits.”

Antibiotic resistance: 'Snot wars' study yields new class of drugs

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs

By James Gallagher
Health and science reporter, BBC News
  • 28 July 2016
  • From the section Health

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