News & Perspective

Jan 26, 2016

Jan 26, 2016
Newborn baby in hospital

CDC unveils Zika guidance for infants, expands travel advisory

The guidance covers testing of newborns, and the Virgin Islands and DR are now on the travel advisory.

Jan 27, 2016

Jan 27, 2016
Barack Obama White House Zika briefing

Zika on executive-level agendas at White House, WHO

Zika outbreaks are getting high-level attention, and Brazil reports 287 new microcephaly cases.

Jan 28, 2016

Jan 28, 2016
Margaret Chan WHO

WHO convenes emergency panel over Zika virus

The committee will meet Feb 1 to discuss the growing threat and possibly related neurologic complications.

Jan 28, 2016
Mosquito control

Feds say US unlikely to see explosive Zika spread

A CDC expert says US spread will likely be localized but calls for better mosquito control.

Jan 29, 2016

Jan 29, 2016
Central America map

Zika country list expands; Colombia sees GBS spike

Also, more vaccine details emerge, including a candidate that might be available for emergency use this year. 

Feb 01, 2016

Feb 01, 2016
WHO flag

WHO issues Zika health emergency over complications

Today's emergency declaration was tailored to spur coordinated international study into the possible serious complications of the disease. 

Feb 01, 2016
Sunset beach

List of Zika-affected nations, CDC travel advisory expand

In other developments, a Zika gene sequencing study found parallels with chikungunya, and experts are gearing up for an Aedes aegypti summit in Brazil.

Feb 02, 2016

Feb 02, 2016
Condom

Sexual transmission of Zika confirmed in Texas

The case also appears to be the first locally acquired Zika infection in the continental US in this outbreak.

Feb 02, 2016
Vaccine syringe

Companies announce new Zika vaccine initiatives

Sanofi and NewLink announce efforts to develop Zika vaccines that will springboard off existing technologies.

Feb 03, 2016

Feb 03, 2016
Blood unit

Zika outbreak alters Red Cross blood donor protocol

Also today, the CDC added Jamaica and Tonga to its travel advisory, and an Indian company announced two vaccine candidates.

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