Articles about Zika Virus
The Zika Virus is a viral disease primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes. The US Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that these mosquitoes bite during the day and at night. There is no known cure or vaccine for the Zika virus. The disease is characterized by symptoms including fever, rash, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, and red eyes. The CDC claims that symptoms can last for several days to a week but people don’t get sick enough to be hospitalized and rarely die of the infection. Additionally, once patients recover they are protected from future infections. The infection can be transmitted through sex, from a pregnant mother to her fetus, and possibly through blood transfusion. The virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika forest in Uganda, Africa. The first human infection from the disease was recorded in 1952 and since then, outbreaks have been reported across Africa, South-East Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
01 Aug 2021
Zika reaches Maharashtra: What is it? How to prevent infections?
Maharashtra has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus after a 50-year-old woman from Pune tested positive.
15 Jul 2021
Five more people test positive for Zika virus in Kerala
Amid growing concerns of the Zika virus outbreak, five more people, including four women, have tested positive for the infection in Kerala, taking the caseload in the state to 28.
12 Jul 2021
Kerala reports 19 Zika virus cases: Cause, symptoms, and treatment
Kerala has confirmed 19 cases of the Zika virus, triggering concerns for authorities and people there as well as neighboring states.
05 Apr 2020
Widely-used antiparasitic drug kills novel coronavirus in lab tests
In a major development, a team of Australian scientists has discovered that an antiparasitic drug, which is already widely available in the market, could be the way to treat the novel coronavirus disease.
12 Feb 2020
WHO names deadly coronavirus disease 'COVID-19'
The deadly coronavirus disease that has affected thousands around the globe and claimed hundreds of lives has been given an official name - 'COVID-19'.
31 Jan 2020
Wuhan coronavirus outbreak declared 'global health emergency' by WHO
The World Health Organization on Thursday declared the ongoing coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.
24 Jan 2020
China desperately tries to contain coronavirus, cancels New Year celebrations
China is struggling to stop a deadly virus from causing more damage than it already has. The coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan has claimed 25 lives so far and has affected over 800.
23 Jan 2020
Chinese city, epicenter of coronavirus outbreak, placed on lockdown
The city of Wuhan in central China has been placed on lockdown since the outbreak of a new coronavirus.
26 Jan 2019
Now, scientists producing horny mosquitoes to prevent malaria, Zika, dengue
For centuries, mosquitoes have been troublemakers and the number of people who have died after getting bitten by them is still a mystery.
13 Oct 2018
Zika virus outbreak: 50 infected in Jaipur, more expected
Following previous reports suggesting a Zika virus outbreak in Jaipur, as many as 50 Zika virus infection cases have been documented so far, marking India's biggest outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease ever.
09 Oct 2018
Jaipur Zika virus outbreak? 22 test positive, PMO wants report
Since an elderly woman from Jaipur tested positive for the Zika virus in late-September, 21 others have tested positive for the virus in Jaipur, prompting the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to seek a detailed report from the Union Health Ministry.
23 Sep 2018
Rajasthan: Elderly woman tests positive for Zika virus, state's first
An elderly woman from Jaipur has tested positive for Zika virus infection, officials of a medical college said, adding it is a first such case in the state.
02 Aug 2017
How does Zika spread? Not by kissing, according to researchers
Zika virus has been causing panic around the world. Till July 25, four cases had been reported in India.
12 Jul 2017
Can smart-tech and robotics eradicate mosquito-borne diseases?
As mosquito-borne diseases including Zika and dengue are spreading at an alarming rate, American tech giants plan on bringing robotics and smart technology to fight mosquitoes.
12 Jun 2017
Zika virus in US: 5% women had babies with defects
Five percent of pregnant women with Zika virus infection in the United States had fetus or babies with related birth defects, including microcephaly, according to a US government health report.
30 May 2017
India issues advisory after three Zika cases in Gujarat
On May 26, India confirmed three cases of Zika in Ahmedabad, which were reported sometime during November'16-February'17.
28 May 2017
Did the government stay mum on Zika in India?
The World Health Organization has released a report that said three cases of Zika were recently reported in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, with one as recently as January 2017.