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As of early 2016, the most widespread outbreak of Zika virus in history is ongoing in the Americas. The outbreak began in April 2015 in Brazil, and subsequently spread to other countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. In January 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the virus was likely to spread throughout the majority of the Americas by the end of the year. Subsequently, in February 2016, the WHO declared the virus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

Zika Virus Crisis

The mosquito-borne Zika virus can also be transmitted by sexual activity

Jan 16, 2017 02:34 am UTC| Health

The Zika virus (ZIKV) dominated global public health concerns during 2016. Affecting over 60 countries, this primarily mosquito-borne disease has been associated with serious birth defects including microcephaly, and...

Zika Virus Crisis

Dengue virus antibodies may worsen a Zika infection

Jan 05, 2017 11:13 am UTC| Health

The World Health Organization declared in November that Zika was no longer a public health emergency of international concern. That doesnt mean concern over Zika is over, but now that a link between Zika and...

Zika Virus Crisis

How the smell of chickens repels the most common malaria carrying mosquito

Sep 25, 2016 15:52 pm UTC| Science

One of the worlds dominant malaria vectors is Anopheles arabiensis. Humans are its preferred blood meal although it also feeds on other livestock such as cattle, goats and sheep. But recent research shows that chickens are...

Zika Virus Crisis

Delhi has been hit by a chikungunya epidemic – what is this disease?

Sep 20, 2016 06:10 am UTC| Health

Chikungunya is not a name that rolls easily off the tongue. It is a Swahili word meaning that which bends up. It describes the symptoms of this crippling arthritic disease, a disease which is currently gripping Delhi in...

Zika Virus Crisis

Explainer: arthrogryposis – the congenital disorder linked to Zika

Aug 27, 2016 12:32 pm UTC| Health

While were used to seeing the distressing images of small heads caused by infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy, a recent study has suggested the virus may be linked to another congenital birth disorder, namely...

Zika Virus Crisis

I'm an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it's like

Aug 06, 2016 10:28 am UTC| Health

As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would be...

Zika Virus Crisis

In Zika, echoes of US rubella outbreak of 1964-65

Aug 01, 2016 07:24 am UTC| Health

Just over 50 years ago, a highly contagious but seemingly harmless virus swept through the United States, infecting as many as 12.5 million people. In both adults and children, the virus presented as a mild illness, but...

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Economy

Volkswagen faces EU fine for missing 2020 emissions targets

Volkswagen is facing a fine of over $121 million for narrowly missing EU targets on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its 2020 passenger car fleet. CEO Herbert Diess blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for its failure to...

Hyundai E&C swings to Q4 loss mainly due to currency-related woes

Hyundai Engineering Construction Co. shifted to a net loss of 122 billion won in the fourth quarter of 2020 after posting a net profit of 6.9 billion won in the same period last year, mainly due to the US dollars strength...

S. Korea to deploy ships to cushion exporters from soaring freight rates

South Korea will deploy at least five vessels by the end of February to support exporters facing increasing freight costs amid soaring demand. According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, HMM Co., South...

S. Korea favored by WTO in tariff case against US

The World Trade Organization (WTO) favored South Korea in its lawsuit against the US for levying high tariffs on its steel and power transformer products since May 2016. According to the WTO panel, eight cases of...

Google threatens to block services in Australia if forced to pay for news

Google threatened to block its search engine function in Australia if its government forces it and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for using their content. The result would be degraded search and YouTube experiences...

Politics

Donald Trump humiliated: Greta Thunberg takes one last swipe at ex-POTUS on Twitter

Now-former President Donald Trump is no longer the Commander-in-Chief, but it did not stop many of his well-known critics from taking a swipe at him on his last day. Among them is renowned climate change activist Greta...

Melania Trump humiliated: Former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff blasts ex-FLOTUS

Former first lady Melania Trump left the White House with a very low favorability rating like her husband, Donald Trump. Former advisor and friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff delivered yet another criticism towards Melania...

Kamala Harris honored by Golden State Warriors in special tribute to VP

Kamala Harris broke ground in so many aspects of US history when she was sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States. The former California Senator was then honored by NBAs Golden State Warriors in a special...

Joe Biden Cabinet: POTUS announces acting heads of federal agencies

Joe Bidens cabinet is not fully set in place just yet as most of his nominees are still in line for their confirmation hearings at the Senate. As his nominees have yet to be confirmed, Biden has already announced who will...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

'Among Us' accounts are 'close' to getting released

When Among Us became one of the biggest hits of 2020, gamers and developers soon realized the need for an accounts system. Innersloth previously announced it is one of their priorities moving forward, and the developers...

OnePlus 7, 7T gets Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 in first Open Beta

The Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update has now entered the first Open Beta phase for OnePlus 7 and 7T users. Before testing this version, there are some important reminders smartphone users need to keep in mind. How to...

'Dead by Deadlight' is finally getting a colorblind mode after backlash over developer's stream

Behaviour Interactive revealed that Dead by Deadlight is getting the highly requested colorblind mode. The announcement happens after fans found one of the developers saying that hearing about the accessibility feature a...

iOS 15 to lose support for iPhone 6S and first iPhone SE, report claims

With just a few months before its official announcement, iOS 15 is now making headlines. However, the recent reports might not please those who are holding on to older iPhone models. iOS 15 compatibility list could be...
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