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.

Zika reaches Maharashtra: What is it? How to prevent infections?

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.

Five more people test positive for Zika virus in Kerala

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.

Kerala reports 19 Zika virus cases: Cause, symptoms, and treatment

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.

Widely-used antiparasitic drug kills novel coronavirus in lab tests

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.

WHO names deadly coronavirus disease 'COVID-19'

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'.

Wuhan coronavirus outbreak declared 'global health emergency' by WHO

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.

China desperately tries to contain coronavirus, cancels New Year celebrations

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.

Chinese city, epicenter of coronavirus outbreak, placed on lockdown

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.

Now, scientists producing horny mosquitoes to prevent malaria, Zika, dengue

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.

Zika virus outbreak: 50 infected in Jaipur, more expected

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.

Jaipur Zika virus outbreak? 22 test positive, PMO wants report

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.

Rajasthan: Elderly woman tests positive for Zika virus, state's first

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.

How does Zika spread? Not by kissing, according to researchers

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.

Can smart-tech and robotics eradicate mosquito-borne diseases?

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.

Zika virus in US: 5% women had babies with defects

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.

India issues advisory after three Zika cases in Gujarat

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.

Did the government stay mum on Zika in India?

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.