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A new step towards beating the Zika virus

With some 70 countries now reporting evidence of mosquito-borne Zika, the disease has now become a world-wide concern. Current detection technology for the virus is limited in reliability and costly.  Researchers at Western University in Ontario have developed a faster, »

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Complications from Zika underestimated, say researchers

Some Canadians have had severe complications from catching the Zika virus while abroad and researchers are renewing their warnings about the disease. While it is too cold in Canada for the mosquitoes that spread Zika, many Canadians go south to »

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Pregnant women warned against travel and Zika

At a time when many Canadians like to travel south to escape winter weather, women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant are again being warned to stay away from areas with the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne disease in pregnant »

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Zika fears dispelled in Ontario

Health officials say there is no risk of Zika transmission in the Windsor area at this time even though some recently-collected larvae were found to be of a variety that can carry the virus, reports Canadian Press. Zika has infected »

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Zika mosquitoes discovered in Canada

One of the mosquito species known to carry the Zika virus has been discovered in southwestern Ontario. Aedes albopictus is also known as the Asian Tiger mosquito. This species is known as a carrier of the West Nile disease, but »

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Canada-US vaccine against Zika ready for human trials

Researchers in Canada and the US have developed a new type of vaccine which has had success against the zika virus in lab testing. Scientists in Quebec at the Université de Laval Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDRC) , and in »

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UNICEF warns of children’s suffering due to El Nino

UNICEF is sounding the alarm in the aftermath of the weather phenomenon known as El Nino. Described as the “most powerful on record” this recent warming of the oceans, resulted in droughts and other weather events that wreaked havoc in »

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Postpone Olympics due to Zika, urge health experts

The Olympic Games should be relocated or postponed because of the Zika virus threat, say 150 health professionals and academics including Canadian professor Amir Attaran. “Our concern is for global health,” reads a letter addressed to the World Health Organization »

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WHO warns Olympic goers against Zika

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning people going to the Olympics in Brazil to protect themselves against the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. It also is warning pregnant women to not travel to areas with Zika infections. And »

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New test for Zika could be used in remote places

Canadian and U.S. researchers have created a quick and inexpensive test for the Zika virus that does not require refrigeration. The paper-based test could eventually be used to screen blood, urine or saliva samples and could be programmed to detect other »