Zika virus

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If mosquitoes have emotions and foresight, they're probably happy with the current weather pattern. The abnormally high rainfall means good breeding conditions for the little bloodsuckers.

Ohio state researchers may have come up with an effective Zika vaccine. Symptoms from the primarily mosquito-borne disease are often mild, but the virus can lead to birth defects when it’s contracted by pregnant mothers.

Fighting Zika and Future Epidemics

Nov 8, 2016
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Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 4,000 cases of Zika reported in the continental US and almost 30,000 in US territories.

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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games commenced in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last Friday. The excitement for the games has been tempered by concerns over the Zika virus; with 166,000 suspected and confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus, the country is facing a Zika epidemic. 

Meridian Bioscience

Newtown-based Meridian Bioscience is deploying its newly developed test illumigene® Malaria in Dakar, Senegal and planning a rollout of this potentially life-saving diagnostic across Africa. A test for the Zika virus is under development and is expected to be ready in six to twelve months.

The Risk Of The Zika Virus In Our Region

Apr 6, 2016
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  Mosquitos can be a pesky problem, but they can sometimes be more than a nuisance. They can also carry and transmit diseases to humans. One mosquito-borne virus in particular has been in recent news: the Zika virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 312 cases in the United States, one in Kentucky and nine in Ohio, with one being in Butler County. The virus can lead to the birth defect microcephaly in children born to pregnant women who are infected.
 

Here to discuss the Zika virus and how to protect yourself from getting infected are Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Mary DiOrio; Northern Kentucky Health Department Epidemiology Manager, Joyce Rice; and Director of Environmental Health and Safety at the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Steve Divine.

For more information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, click here.

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Blood collected locally has been sent to Puerto Rico.  Blood banks there have been closed because over fears of spreading the Zika virus, according to Dr. Ronald Sacher.