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America on Verge of Zika Pandemic; Aerial Pesticides Next

With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issuing their first warning for Americans to avoid travel to an American neighborhood, the U.S. is on the verge of a Zika pandemic that may soon require extreme measures, including aerial pesticide spraying.

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito, carrier of zika virus, is seen in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia February 2, 2016. Reuters/Jaime Saldarriaga

Obama Admin Will Use $510 Million in Ebola Funding to Fight Zika

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to transfer $510 million in money allocated to fighting the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in west Africa to preventing a similar outbreak of Zika in the United States, officials announced Wednesday.

A pregnant woman gets an ultrasound at the maternity of the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS) in Guatemala City on February 2, 2016. Zika virus

WHO: Sexual Transmission of Zika More Common Than Previously Assumed

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously believed, especially male carriers infecting women. WHO also reported mounting evidence for the connection between Zika, birth defects, and neurological disorders, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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Brazil May Fine Landowners Who Hinder Efforts to Combat Zika

The Brazilian government announced that it is considering imposing fines on private landowners who do not allow public health officials on their property to eliminate breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus, according to various news reports.

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Venezuela Confirms Three Zika Deaths, 21 Suffering Related Nerve Disorder

The government of Venezuela has confirmed three deaths directly related to the Zika pandemic sweeping Latin America, while medical experts throughout the country report an alarming rise in the number of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disease Zika is suspected of triggering in certain patients.

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Zika Begins to Hit Brazil’s Tourism Industry, Months Before Olympics

Brazil’s tourism industry is already suffering from the international alarm over the Zika virus outbreak that has infected 1.5 million people, with tour operators and hotel bookers experiencing an increase in the number of cancellations, particularly on the part of pregnant women who were planning to travel.

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Report: 11 Dead of Crippling Nerve Disorder Tied to Zika in Venezuela

Media outlets in Venezuela are reporting that at least eleven patients nationwide have died of Guillain-Barré syndrome, though the government’s Health Ministry has yet to report any of the cases, and most appear linked to the Zika virus pandemic ravaging Latin America.