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Texas Sprays Mosquitoes in 1.4 M Harvey-Ravaged Acres to Thwart West Nile and Zika Viruses

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported they sprayed mosquitoes in more than 1.4 million acres ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Officials plan to thwart the winged insects from breeding across multiple waterlogged counties, preventing a surge in their population and the diseases they carry, notably West Nile and Zika viruses.

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Zika Virus Cases Now Confirmed in all 50 States

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there have been 43,485 laboratory confirmed cases of the Zika virus in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories.

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen on the forearm of a health technician in a laboratory conducting research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Guatemala City, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele

Officials Fear ‘Explosion’ of Zika Cases Following Brazil’s Rainy Season

While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global Zika outbreak no longer an emergency this week, officials in Brazil fear that the incoming spring season will provide a boost to the nation’s mosquito population, and the government will be ill-prepared to stop a second wave of Zika.

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 …

Reports: Zika Case Discovered in Israel

Municipal workers in central Israel on Sunday sprayed pesticides in the vicinity of the home of a person found to be carrying the dangerous Zika virus, local media reported.

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Zika Study: ‘Prepare for Global Epidemic of Microcephaly’

A new study published in the British medical journal Lancet reveals a “striking magnitude of association between microcephaly and Zika virus infection” and warns readers to “prepare for a global epidemic of microcephaly and other manifestations of congenital Zika syndrome.”

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Texas Doc: Freeze Sperm Before Travel to Zika Areas

HOUSTON, Texas – A doctor in the Texas Medical Center says if men want to have children, they should freeze their sperm before traveling to areas that have had outbreaks of the Zika virus.

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen on the forearm of a health technician in a laboratory conducting research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Guatemala City, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele

San Diego Neighborhood to be Sprayed for Zika

A two-block area of San Diego’s Mount Hope neighborhood will be sprayed for mosquitoes who could potentially carry the Zika virus next next week, after a resident tested positive for the disease.

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Experts: Conditions for Zika Outbreak Spread from Texas to Maryland

Medical experts tracking the spread of the Zika virus throughout the continental United States warn that the conditions for rapid mosquito reproduction necessary for an outbreak exist throughout the Gulf Coast states and stretch as far north as Maryland.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 17: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock International announced an 18 year naming agreement at the press conference. The stadium is nearing completion on a $500 renovation which includes a …

Miami Dolphins Set Up Prevent Defense Against Zika Virus

While the Miami Dolphins sharpen their X’s and O’s in a pre-season exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday at the newly named Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the organization will also hone its defense against Zika-carrying mosquitos.

FILE-In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, Dallas County Mosquito Lab microbiologist Spencer Lockwood sorts mosquitos collected in a trap in Hutchins, Texas, that had been set up in Dallas County near the location of a confirmed Zika virus infection. The quest for a vaccine began less than a year …

Travel-Related Zika Case Confirmed in West Texas

A Texan infected with the Zika virus has been confirmed in Midland County in West Texas. Health officials said the victim had recently traveled to a country where the virus is locally transmitted by mosquitoes.

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.

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Miami Reports Three More Zika Transmissions

Three more cases of Zika virus transmission have been reported from the outbreak area in northern Miami, making a total of 25 cases reported to date.

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Reggae Star Cancels Performance after Contracting Zika Virus

Grammy-winning reggae star Beenie Man says he was forced to drop out of a scheduled performance Saturday night at Toronto’s annual OVO Fest when the Canadian government denied his visa request after he contracted the Zika virus.

Doctor measures the head of a 2-month-old baby with microcephaly on January 27, 2016 in Recife, Brazil.

Planned Parenthood Thanks Senate Dems For Choosing Abortion Over Anti-Zika Funding

Planned Parenthood has been taking advantage of fears surrounding the Zika virus and the birth defect known as microcephaly that is linked with the virus. The abortion giant is particularly targeting Latin American countries that have restrictive abortion laws, in hopes of capitalizing on women’s fear and changing those laws

Pregnant women wait to be attended at the Maternal and Children's Hospital in Tegucigalpa on January 21, 2016. The medical school at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) recommended that women in the country avoid getting pregnant for the time being due to the presence of the Zika virus. …

Senate Democrats Block Zika Funding Because It Doesn’t Fund Planned Parenthood

Through its alliance with the Democrat Party and the pro-abortion mainstream media, Planned Parenthood has promoted the notion that its biggest money-makers — abortion and birth control — are the means to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is being linked to cases of a rare birth defect called microcephaly, primarily in Brazil.

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10 Pregnant Women Test Positive for Zika Virus in Dallas

Ten pregnant women tested positive with preliminary testing for Zika in Dallas County. The good news is they all contracted the virus outside of the United States. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Director Zachary Thompson announced 10 pregnant women traveled to Zika hot spots and got infected with the virus. Thompson spoke to the Dallas County Commissioners Court, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.

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

CDC: 234 Pregnant Women in America Carrying Zika Virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have confirmed that six infants have been born in U.S. states with birth defects following their mother’s infection with the Zika virus. 234 women in the continental United States have tested positive for Zika.

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Pentagon: At Least 11 U.S. Troops Infected with Zika

A new health report from the Pentagon revealed that at least 11 U.S. military personnel have been infected with the Zika virus, along with four dependents (spouses or children) of military members and two military retirees.

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150 Health Experts: Move Olympics Out of Brazil over Zika

150 public health experts are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Olympic Commission (IOC) to postpone or relocate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in response to the outbreak of Zika virus in that city that has infected thousands and caused thousands of cases of birth defects in infants.

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House Democrats Condemn Easing Pesticide Regulations to Combat Zika

Liberal Democrats in the House rejected a bill that would end a redundant Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit requirement to spray federally approved pesticides into bodies of water to combat the mosquito that carries the Zika virus.