The incidence rate of birth defects "strongly linked" to Zika infection in areas with local transmission of the virus—which include southern Florida, parts of south Texas, and Puerto Rico—rose by 21% in the latter half of 2016 compared to the first half of that year.
In a bid to decrease the skeeter population in Fresno County, Calif., Verily this month began releasing 1 million male mosquitos every week for 20 weeks. But don't bug out, it's less itchy than it sounds.
Agencies responsible for running tests to identify Zika don't have the right equipment to do so and there aren't enough coordinated efforts to control the mosquito population, according to a new federal analysis released Tuesday.
A number of the Trump administration's budget proposals could have long-lasting effects on the country's ability to quickly respond to infectious disease threats.
The sheer scope of the opioid crisis—as well as the geographic and demographic changes in the kinds of people affected—propelled a landmark policy shift toward treating addiction as an illness rather than a crime.
For Steven Juliano, it's not how you kill disease-carrying mosquitoes. It's when. “I don't do mosquito control,” said the distinguished professor of ecology at Illinois State University. “I provide the information on where they're vulnerable.”
A new mobile app developed by a couple of professors at Texas A&M University enables public-health workers and crowdsourced “citizen scientists” to send geocoded reports of potential breeding locations for the type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus.
Public health experts say Hurricane Matthew left pools of stagnant water ripe for mosquito breeding in areas that were already vulnerable to the breed linked to the spread of Zika virus.
Standing bodies of water are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and some remote, very vulnerable areas could be inaccessible for weeks because of road closures and clean-up efforts focused on more immediate public health concerns. After Hurricane Katrina, the number of West Nile cases spiked.
Health officials said the delay in receiving funding has stalled work in other areas of health concern, however.
“The effects of this delay in funding is probably going to be felt years down the road,” said Dr. Bruce Lee, an associate professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The Senate's top Republican on Thursday unveiled legislation to prevent a government shutdown next weekend and provide more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus. It also would provide $500 million to help Louisiana rebuild from last month's devastating floods.