Shock: 170 Zika Cases in California

170 cases of Zika virus infection have been confirmed in California alone in 2015 and 2016, as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warns travelers returning home from the Rio Olympics or other Zika-affected regions to take precautions to avoid spreading the virus.

This image obtained March 31, 2016 courtesy of Purdue University/ Kuhn and Rossmann research groups shows a representation of a near-atomic level map of 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.

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 …

Hillary Clinton Blames Climate Change For Spread Of Zika

“I also just want to underscore, we need a public health system that really works for everybody, because with changes in climate, more and more diseases are going find their way right here to the United States that before we did not see,” she said during an event in Florida highlighting the threat of Zika to the United States.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives remarks to medical professionals after taking a tour of Borinquen Health Care Center, in Miami, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, to see how they are combatting Zika. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

BREAKING: Texas Confirms Its First Zika Fatality

The State of Texas confirmed its first Zika-related fatality in Harris County, shortly after an infant was born whose mother recently traveled to Latin America. This marks the second death in the United States.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause birth defects and is now spreading in the US and Latin America

Texas Governor Presses Obama to Release Federal Zika Funds

Texas Governor Greg Abbott pressed President Barack Obama to release the estimated $400 million in federal funds earmarked for Zika preparedness and response to “Zika-prone states.” Abbott highlighted the highly vulnerable Texas southern border where local government leaders fear “sufficient funding is not available for mosquito eradication.”

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Five Things That Might Kill You at the Olympics

A month ago, Breitbart brought you a list of alarming unresolved problems in Rio de Janeiro in anticipation of this week’s Olympics Opening Ceremony. That ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow, and officials are still struggling to resolve problems that threaten not only embarrassment for Brazil, but the lives of those attending the Games.

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Texas on High Alert For Local Zika Transmission

Texas officials say they are on high alert, concerned that Zika transmission by local mosquitoes is imminent, largely in response to the outbreak in Florida. On Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) urged all Texans to follow public health prevention guidelines, especially pregnant women whose unborn babies are most at risk when infected with Zika.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause birth defects and is now spreading in the US and Latin America

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.

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

Miami Fights Zika with Aerial Insecticide as Homegrown Cases Total 15

Miami-Dade County officials have announced that they will use aerial insecticides in affected neighborhoods of Miami to combat the Zika virus, though such measures are typically only marginally effective in killing aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for carrying Zika. The number of mosquito-contracted local cases of infection has now risen to 15.

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