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Oman Air to use Virus-Guard disinfectant wipes

Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, has joined a long list of major aviation leaders who now use Virus-Guard’s disinfectant wipes. Designed for protection against swine flu, H1N1, H7N9, Ebola, Mers and Zika, Oman Air&rsq

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Hong Kong confirms first case of Zika virus

Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of Zika, putting the Asian financial centre on high alert for any spread of the mosquito-borne virus that has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. At a media conference l

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Local Zika outbreaks in US ‘likely’

The United States is likely to see outbreaks of the Zika virus, with perhaps dozens or scores of people affected, said Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Sunday. The Unit

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Zika mystery deepens over nerve cell infections

Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveri

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Mosquitoes' rapid spread poses threat beyond Zika

As the world focuses on Zika's rapid advance in the Americas, experts warn the virus that originated in Africa is just one of a growing number of continent-jumping diseases carried by mosquitoes threatening swathes of humanity.

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US FDA issues guidelines to check Zika spread

The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued new recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of Zika virus transmission through donated human tissues and cells used in surgical or reproductive procedures, such as umbilical cord blood, co

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Zika outbreak ‘will worsen before it gets better’

The head of the World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the Zika outbreak would likely worsen before nations besieged by the mosquito-borne virus linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil see relief. Director-General

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Zika may have been sexually transmitted in 14 cases in US

US health officials are investigating 14 reports of the Zika virus that may been transmitted through sex, including to several pregnant women, raising new questions about the role sexual transmission is playing in the growing outbreak.

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Bahrain to outline plan to combat Zika virus

A strategy to combat the threat of a Zika virus outbreak in Bahrain will be enforced today (February 10). The two-fold plan will primarily focus on “mosquito surveillance” at Bahrain International Airport and Khalifa Bin Salman Por

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2 Zika cases in Australia; mosquitoes at Sydney airport

Two Australians were diagnosed with the Zika virus after returning home from travels in the Caribbean, a state health service said on Tuesday, confirming the first cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the country this year. Offici

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