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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

S. Korea to deliver $5.15-M assistance to 6 countries

South Korea will provide over $5 million to assist the emerging economies of Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Colombia, and Haiti in helping deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and pursue digital and green development...

Portugal to speed up renewable hydrogen projects in polluting sectors

The Portuguese government has selected 37 consortiums interested in building production units of green energy in the country. Portugal is preparing an application to Europes Important Project of Common European Interest...

German automotive industry optimistic of export prospects

Export expectations in Germanys manufacturing sector rose in July to 6.9 points from the -2.2 in the previous month with the automotive industry among the most optimistic due to economic recovery in many...

German real GDP growth shrinks in Q2 2020, likely to rebound in Q3

Germanys real GDP shrank in the second quarter by 10.1 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis. The fall was therefore slightly larger than consensus expectations of a decline of 9 percent. According to statisticians, all...

WTO to look into S. Korea-Japan trade feud

The World Trade Organizations dispute settlement body will set up a panel to probe South Koreas complaint against Japans export restrictions. The decision was put off for a month due to Tokyos opposition. South Korea...

Politics

Joe Biden's announcement of running mate delayed by two weeks

Former vice president Joe Bidens campaign continues to ramp up its efforts less than 100 days until the November elections. Despite Biden having announced that he will reveal his chosen running mate this week, it appears...

Donald Trump: POTUS threatens Nevada with a lawsuit to block the state's mail-in voting

Donald Trump has staunchly opposed casting votes by mail, despite the pandemic forcing many Americans to stay indoors as per orders of the state governors. Now, as the state of Nevada is on the verge of signing legislation...

Donald Trump: POTUS criticizes Dr. Deborah Birx's warning about COVID-19 pandemic in the US

Donald Trump is known for often contradicting statements made by public health experts regarding COVID-19, from Dr. Anthony Fauci to Dr. Deborah Birx among other health experts. Recently, he criticized Dr. Birxs warning...

World War 3: Experts call for NATO to take action as China increases its military expenses

Several countries are at odds with each other, sparking fears of a possible World War 3 in our midst. As reports of China increasing its military expenses surface, many defense experts have now urged NATO to take...

Science

Mars mission: Scientist claims Red Planet mission may bring back bacteria that could harm the Earth

It is only seen in fiction, where bacteria from outer space turns one thing into a potentially harmful being. One expert claims it may really be the case with the Mars mission, saying that astronauts may bring back harmful...

Climate change: Two polar ice caps revealed to have completely melted in a span of three years

As the world battles with the pandemic that is COVID-19, there is also the existing problem of climate change, as temperatures are rising and causing the frozen polar regions to start melting at a shocking pace. The...

COVID-19: Scientist claims coronavirus created in military lab, not in wet market

Ever since its outbreak in Wuhan, China back in December of 2019, scientists have been trying to look into the origins of COVID-19 with several theories as to where the virus came from. According to a leading scientist,...

NASA: Scientists warn about 'Bermuda Triangle in space' that could affect spacecraft carrying Perseverance Rover

NASA successfully launched its Perseverance Rover on its seven-month voyage to Mars to look for signs of life. However, prior to the launch, the agencys scientists have warned about a region in space dubbed as the Bermuda...

Technology

‘The Last of Us’ TV producer assures fans they won’t ‘undo’ the original plot

Work on the The Last of Us TV pilot seems to be moving along over the previous months, and producer Craig Mazin has made an important promise to the avid fans of the franchise. He promised that the changes they will apply...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’: V remains alert for potential threats during NPC interactions

In most role-playing games, dialogues with non-playable characters are often a good time for the protagonist to relax. That will not be the case for V as Cyberpunk 2077 developers aim for realistic interactions in the...

What happens to TikTok users when Donald Trump bans social media app

United States President Donald Trump has been clear about his intentions to ban TikToks operations in the country. Users of the video-sharing platform may already be wondering how the White Houses looming decision can...

Upcoming ‘PUBG Mobile’ beta may include Erangel 2.0

PUBG Mobile players in the global scene could one step closer to finally getting the Erangel 2.0 map. The update is rumored to be added in the upcoming beta version going live early this week. PUBG Mobile Erangel 2.0...
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