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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Hawaii Declares State of Emergency over Zika, Dengue

Hawaii’s governor David Ige declared a state of emergency for mosquito-borne illnesses on Sunday, including Zika and dengue fever. The latter has been an especially urgent concern, with over 250 confirmed cases of dengue reported during the current outbreak.

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Homeland Security Not Screening New Arrivals for Zika Virus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, has announced that the United States will not screen arriving travelers for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is primarily afflicting Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Traveler to Venezuela Brings First Case of Zika to China

China has confirmed its first case of Zika, a 34-year-old man who traveled to Venezuela. Authorities are particularly concerned that the man stopped in Hong Kong before reaching his final destination, home to a mosquito species potentially capable of carrying the virus.

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