Rio turns to samba to swat away gatecrashing Zika fears

Feb 8, 2016

Rio turns to samba to swat away gatecrashing Zika fears

Swatting aside fears over the Zika virus, the glittering dancers of the Rio Carnival samba championship began the first of their all-night parades Sunday in front of adoring fans. After a fortnight of street parties, thousands of gallons of beer, and the day and ...

Feb 6, 2016

Australia to step up Zika testing as two new cases reported

Australia will intensify testing for the Zika virus in Queensland state where Aedes mosquitoes are found, authorities said on Saturday, adding that two new cases among local residents were the result of travel to affected countries. Queensland’s government has earmarked 400,000 Australian dollars ($283,000) ...

Feb 5, 2016

Government upgrades Zika response, makes reporting mandatory

The health ministry said Friday it is stepping up surveillance of the Zika virus and from Feb. 15 will require doctors to report infections to public health centers. Designation of diseases in this way is usually the result of consideration by a specialist panel ...

Jan 29, 2016

Tropical Asia braces for Zika virus; Thailand appears clear

Tropical Southeast Asian countries said on Friday they were bracing for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, with Malaysia saying it could “spread quickly” if introduced, but Thailand appeared to be bucking the trend with just a handful of cases a year. Zika, linked to severe ...