According to new genetic evidence published today, public health efforts to contain and fight the disease could have—and should have—gotten underway much sooner. Zika, it turns out, had established itself in Brazil as early as 2013

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For many years CDC has sent epidemiologists, or scientists who analyze disease outbreaks and study ways to prevent future ones, to major disease outbreaks. But building on its experiences with Ebola in 2014, the agency also has created new rapid response teams, called CDC Emergency Response Teams (CERT), that bring expanded expertise to contain an outbreak as quickly as possible

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The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games pose little additional risk of causing new outbreaks of the Zika virus, the US CDC recently wrote. The report came on the tails of a letter signed by 2401 international experts asking that the Olympics be postponed or moved, as well as the news that athletes, many of them golfers, have decided to sit these games out because they’re concerned about the mosquito-borne virus

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A majority of working adults say they still go to work when they have a cold or the flu. There are some jobs where doing that can have a big effect on health

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Earlier studies had shown that certain genes conferring resistance to antibiotics can be picked up by microbes in your gut when you are abroad. Stool samples from 122 travellers showed that the proportion of antibiotic-resistance genes in their gut bacteria increased from below 10 per cent before they left to as much as 55 per cent on their return

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Federal health officials today said they believe thousands of people may have contracted the Zika virus before returning to the U.S. and they remain concerned that the virus might commence ongoing transmission in the US

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A Cape Verde sample was positive for the type of Zika in Brazil, the WHO said

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The viral strain scientists isolated from two nonhuman primates is identical to the one circulating among humans

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