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The WHO Was Wrong to Say Zika Is No Longer an Emergency

Late last week, the World Health Organization declared that the Zika virus, along with its related neurological complications, no longer constitutes an international emergency. The announcement is a troubling development that could threaten important research, while also undermining those who are most affected, namely women, children, and the poor. Read More >>

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Walt Disney World Won’t Say The Word Zika

Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Florida have all put up signs about mosquito prevention efforts today. The Florida theme parks will also start offering free mosquito repellent to any visitors who ask for it. But curiously you won’t find the one word that matters on any of the signs or handouts: Zika. Read More >>

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Scientists Are Trying to Figure Out If There’s a New Way You Can Get Zika

Zika is scary, but as long as we don’t travel to certain countries and don’t have sex with people who are infected, all is well, right? Nope, maybe not. Scientists are trying to figure out how a man in Utah got Zika when the state has no infected mosquitoes and he didn’t have sex with the infected person he was helping. Read More >>

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The Zika Epidemic Has Been Given a Three-Year Expiration Date

Models produced by researchers at Imperial College London indicate that the ongoing Zika epidemic in parts of Latin American will likely burn itself out within three years. Finally, we have some good news to share about this dreadful disease. Read More >>

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A US Government-Funded Zika Study Will Use Olympic Athletes as Guinea Pigs

In an effort to learn more about the dreaded disease, the US National Institutes of Health is funding a study in which a group of US athletes, coaches, and staff will be monitored for exposure to the Zika virus while attending the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil. Read More >>

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The List of Zika Birth Defects Is Even Longer Than We Thought

Since the US Centers for Disease Control confirmed that the Zika virus could cause microcephaly in newborns, the list of the effects of the virus only continues to grow. Read More >>

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Rory McIlroy Pulls Out of Rio Olympics as First Zika Vaccine Gets Clearance

Superstar golfer Rory McIlroy has decided not to unleash his club and balls on the Rio Olympics this summer, due to fears over the Zika virus. Don’t worry too much though. The four-time major champion was due to represent Ireland at the games, so Team GB haven’t lost a potential medal winner. Read More >>

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7 Bullshit Cures For Zika That Are Spreading Online

The Zika virus has officially spread to over 50 countries, including the United States. And like public health threats of the past, there are plenty of hucksters trying to sell “natural” remedies for Zika online. But they’re all bullshit. Read More >>

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Zika Can Cause Birth Defects Even If Mothers Show No Symptoms

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that Zika-infected women who are in their third trimester have virtually no chance of having children with microcephaly. Troublingly, the same study shows that women who exhibit no symptoms can still give birth to babies with brain abnormalities. Read More >>

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Greg Rutherford Freezes Sperm Due to Rio Olympics Zika Virus Fears

Rio 2016 is going to be fascinating for all the wrong reasons. British athlete Greg Rutherford -- you know, the one everyone swears is a dead ringer for Neil Patrick Harris -- has decided to have his sperm frozen ahead of this year’s Olympic Games because of the Zika virus. Read More >>

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Idiot Who Says Zika Is a Conspiracy Still Wants People to Buy His Bug Spray

Websites like Natural News accuse the US Centers for Disease Control of orchestrating a global conspiracy around the Zika virus. Specifically, they claim that the illnesses and birth defects that people are seeing have nothing to do with the virus, but instead have something to do with “chemicals” and vaccines. But Natural News still wants people to buy their bug repellent. Read More >>

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WHO Rejects Call To Move Olympics Despite Zika, Other Factors

Despite evidence that suggests holding the Olympics in Rio might be the worst idea thanks to the spread of the Zika virus and various economic factors, it seems for now, it’s going to stay. Read More >>

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This Piece of Paper Can Diagnose Zika Incredibly Fast

Researchers have demonstrated a paper-based device that can detect the Zika virus within two to three hours. It’s affordable, effective, and practical for widespread use—particularly in countries with underdeveloped healthcare infrastructures—and it’s also capable of telling the difference between Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue and chikungunya. Read More >>

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The White House is Redirecting Funds From The Fight Against Ebola to Combat Zika

With summer approaching, the risk of a surge in cases of the Zika virus has become a major concern for US officials, and the White House has announced that it would be redirecting money earmarked for Ebola to efforts combating Zika. Read More >>

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We Finally Know What the Zika Virus Actually Looks Like

Here it is, folks—our first glimpse of that abominable virus that’s been wreaking havoc in parts of South America and the Caribbean. This near-atomic scale view of Zika’s external structure could guide scientists as they work to develop effective antiviral treatments and vaccines. Read More >>