Emerging Diseases

Can Testing Placental Tissue Confirm Zika Infection?

Can Testing Placental Tissue Confirm Zika Infection?

Zika infection can be ruled out or confirmed by testing fetal and placental tissue according to a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC: Increase in Number of Counties With Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

CDC: Increase in Number of Counties With Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

The number of US counties with Zika-carrying mosquitoes is up.

Novel Retinal Abnormality Seen in Ebola Survivors

Novel Retinal Abnormality Seen in Ebola Survivors

A small percentage of Ebola virus survivors have a novel retinal lesion as a result of the disease.

Unique Virus Genotyping of Measles Outbreak in Ontario in Early 2015

Unique Virus Genotyping of Measles Outbreak in Ontario in Early 2015

An unusual outbreak of measles was recorded in Ontario, Canada in early 2015.

At Least 4 Different Introductions of Zika Lead to Outbreak in Florida

At Least 4 Different Introductions of Zika Lead to Outbreak in Florida

Research shows the 2016 Zika outbreak in Florida was linked to 4 separate events that introduced and spread the virus.

New Rapid, Low-Cost Test for Zika Virus Surveillance

New Rapid, Low-Cost Test for Zika Virus Surveillance

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A new rapid, low-cost test may enable on-site detection of Zika virus in mosquitoes and human blood and semen, allowing for more efficient disease surveillance and diagnosis.

Potential Exposure of Zika Infection Low in Pregnant Women

Potential Exposure of Zika Infection Low in Pregnant Women

US women traveling to active Zika virus areas may be less likely to get infected than expected.

Ebola Outbreak: What to Consider if Experimental Vaccine Is Used

Ebola Outbreak: What to Consider if Experimental Vaccine Is Used

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The number of suspected Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 37.

Congressional Acts Pose Threat to National ID Health Initiatives

Congressional Acts Pose Threat to National ID Health Initiatives

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Passage of the 2017 budget, along with congressional approval of the AHCA, leaves large holes in the funding of the proposed national approach to infectious disease control.

Zika Outbreak in US Could Mean High Economic Burden

Zika Outbreak in US Could Mean High Economic Burden

A Zika virus infection outbreak in the United States could be very costly.

Ophthalmic Exam Recommended in Infants With Congenital Zika Syndrome

Ophthalmic Exam Recommended in Infants With Congenital Zika Syndrome

Zika virus may lead to lifelong vision impairment in affected infants.

Zika Virus May Trigger Epilepsy in Infants

Zika Virus May Trigger Epilepsy in Infants

Findings suggest the need to examine how and to what extent congenital Zika virus infection and resulting brain abnormalities are associated with seizures and/or epilepsy.

Higher Risk of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Certain Populations

Higher Risk of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Certain Populations

Individuals with certain occupations or in certain populations may be more at risk of fatality from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

NIH Begins Phase 2 Zika Vaccine Trials

NIH Begins Phase 2 Zika Vaccine Trials

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases began phase 2/2b of a multisite clinical trial of an investigational vaccine against the Zika virus.

Protecting America's Blood Supply From Zika Virus

Protecting America's Blood Supply From Zika Virus

Blood banks in the US are taking precautionary measures to protect blood supplies from Zika virus transmission during the upcoming mosquito season.

Human Antibody Against Zika Virus Offering New Promise

Human Antibody Against Zika Virus Offering New Promise

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The structure of a human antibody bound to the Zika virus may help in the development of antiviral medications.

Update on Zika Virus-Associated Birth Defects in US for 2016

Update on Zika Virus-Associated Birth Defects in US for 2016

All infants born to women with laboratory evidence of possible recent Zika virus infection during pregnancy should receive postnatal neuroimaging and Zika virus testing in addition to a comprehensive newborn physical exam and hearing screen.

Zika Virus Link to Neurologic Disorders Needs Further Investigation

Zika Virus Link to Neurologic Disorders Needs Further Investigation

Further investigations are needed to clarify the causal links between arbovirus infections, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and microcephaly in Brazil.

Immunity Persists for Ebola Vaccines at One Year

Immunity Persists for Ebola Vaccines at One Year

A strategy of preemptive use of an AD26.ZEBOV followed by MVA-BN-Filo immunization schedule in at-risk populations may offer advantages over reactive use of single-dose vaccine regimens.

Can Zika Virus Infection Cause Chorioretinitis in Adults?

Can Zika Virus Infection Cause Chorioretinitis in Adults?

Case report identified multifocal chorioretinal lesions in an immunocompromised adult with Zika virus infection.

New Evidence Links Zika Virus With Heart Problems in Adults

New Evidence Links Zika Virus With Heart Problems in Adults

Two-thirds of Venezuelan Zika patients showed evidence of heart failure after contracting the virus.

Proportion of Birth Defects Associated With Zika Virus Reported From 3 US States

Proportion of Birth Defects Associated With Zika Virus Reported From 3 US States

Researchers retrospectively reviewed data collected during 2013-2014 in 3 US states before the introduction of Zika virus.

Novel mRNA Zika Virus Vaccine Shows Rapid and Durable Protection

Novel mRNA Zika Virus Vaccine Shows Rapid and Durable Protection

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A new vaccine candidate uses an mRNA platform to deliver safe, low doses of a vaccine that offers high levels of sustained protection against Zika virus.

Progressive Testicular Atrophy Secondary to Zika Noted in Mice

Progressive Testicular Atrophy Secondary to Zika Noted in Mice

Active infection of Leydig cells within the interstitial regions of the testes could cause decreased testosterone production leading to testicular atrophy.

Investigation Into Seoul Virus Outbreak Expanded by CDC

Investigation Into Seoul Virus Outbreak Expanded by CDC

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Symptoms of Seoul virus infection include fever, headache, and back pain.

Seoul Virus Outbreak Reported in Illinois and Wisconsin

Seoul Virus Outbreak Reported in Illinois and Wisconsin

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CDC is currently investigating cases of Seoul virus infections in 8 workers from several rat-breeding facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Bacteria Linked to Periodontal Disease May Trigger RA

Bacteria Linked to Periodontal Disease May Trigger RA

Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans may be trigger of autoimmunity in rheumatoid arthritis.

New Zika Transmission Area Develops in Miami-Dade County

New Zika Transmission Area Develops in Miami-Dade County

Florida health officials declared the new transmission zone just weeks after another zone was considered no longer active.

Zika Virus Genome Sequence Isolated From Semen

Zika Virus Genome Sequence Isolated From Semen

The semen sample was obtained from a British man recovering from a Zika infection contracted in the Caribbean.

Researchers ID Zika Virus in Sperm

Researchers ID Zika Virus in Sperm

Evidence of the virus was found in multiple samples for a month after infection.

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