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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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More Calls For Using DDT to Control the Zika Epidemic

Zika is primarily a mosquito-borne virus that is very difficult to detect in most human carriers, currently impossible to cure, spreading very rapidly, and believed to increase the risk of birth defects when contracted by pregnant women.

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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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10 Zika Virus Cases Confirmed in Texas, For Now

The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) confirmed 10 cases of the Zika virus statewide on Wednesday while the latest number of reported cases continues to climb.

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Chikungunya! Mosquito-Borne Virus Found Again in Texas!

The first human case of Chikungunya (pronounced chik-un-gun-ya) has been confirmed in Collin County, Texas, located just northeast of Dallas. The infected individual recently traveled to another country and returned to the states with the virus. The risk of spread to Americans is from the virus being imported by travelers. Collin County is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, statistical area.