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MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 02: Barbara Betancourt holds her baby Daniel Valdes after being given a can of insect repellent by James Bernat, a City of Miami police officer, as he helps people living around the Miami Rescue Mission prevent mosquito bites that may infect them with the Zika virus …

Locally-Transmitted Zika Cases in Miami Double to 33

CNN is reporting that officials in Florida have now confirmed a total of 33 Zika cases not contracted by traveling abroad to affected areas, doubling the number of local cases from the initial fifteen that led to a CDC warning against traveling to Miami.

Bat in flight (Raghunath Thirumalaisamy / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Zika: Aerial Spraying and Releasing Bats Approved

With Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control rapidly losing the battle to contain the epidemic from the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, panicking authorities began aerial spraying and may soon bring in bats that can eat 1,000 mosquitoes an hour.

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Brazilian Researchers: Zika Has Mutated into Something More Dangerous

A new study has allowed scientists to watch the Zika virus destroy nascent brain cells in mice fetuses, proving definitively the link between the virus and birth defects in humans as well as cementing suspicions that the strain of Zika spreading in Latin America is a more dangerous mutation than those seen previously.

Brochures with information about the Zika virus are seen on February 10, 2016, in Cali, Colombia

Zika Virus Baffles World’s Health Leaders

Global health authorities and government officials are mobilizing to battle the fast-spreading Zika virus, sending rapid-response teams to affected regions, issuing travel warnings for pregnant women, accelerating vaccine trials and even deploying mosquito-fighting troops to hard-hit areas in Brazil.

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Director of National Intelligence Adds Zika to List of U.S. Security Threats

The annual security briefing delivered to the Senate Intelligence Committee by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has added the Zika virus to the list of infections diseases threatening the United States, on the same list as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Ebola.

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Zika Threat In India: Doctors Race to Avoid Pandemic

There have not been any cases of the Zika pandemic reported in India yet, but health authorities are nervous for several reasons, not least of which is that India has already dealt with Zika in the past, logging some of the oldest known cases of infection.

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State Officials Fear Disease from Alien Mosquitoes

California health officials are concerned over the arrival of nonnative mosquitos that are known to carry deadly diseases and that are quickly spreading across the southern part of the Golden State.