UN establishes a trust fund to help combat the Zika virus

Needless to say, such an association is worrying, and it highlights the need to identify better diagnostic and preventive techniques for Zika virus.

A British biotech company will deploy genetically modified mosquitoes on the Cayman Islands to control the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

"And we're actually looking for resources to develop it as a product so it could be deployed out to global health responders", he said, noting that the Zika epidemic in the Americas was a catalyst for scientists from several institutions to work together to develop the test as quickly as possible.

Experts in CT are closely monitoring the presence of the Asian tiger mosquito - one of two species capable of transmitting the Zika virus, WCBS 880's Fran Schneidau reported.

One hundred and two people in Florida have been affected by the Zika virus since February, including seven pregnant women whose unborn children face the largest risk.

"We don't know the long-lasting effects of the virus", Weeks said. The disease can also be sexually transmitted.

Even though the symptoms may not be severe, it can cause long-term neurological damage, especially to infants and fetuses. Fearon said the peak time for Zika-related travel among Canadians is most likely the winter months, but that the deferral program could present a "challenging time" during the busy summer season when blood donations are often badly needed. Doctors, therefore, are particularly concerned about the possibility of infection in women who are pregnant or of child-bearing age.

Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner of Public Health, said they will provide fliers to travelers leaving CT for the island and fliers for those who return.

The virus is mostly spread to people through the Aedes aegypti mosquito, an aggressive, daytime biter.

It also is active in eight countries in Oceania and the South Pacific and one country in Africa, the CDC said.

For now, the health department is asking people to be vigilant when it comes to mosquitoes.

It was earlier this week that the Commissioner of Public Health announced CT has its first pregnant victim of Zika. All this does not mean that students should cancel travel or study overseas plans, but they should take caution when dwelling in mosquito heavy climates.

Schumer contends that the emergency funding could help SUNY Upstate's efforts to "treat, prevent, and understand" the Zika virus, according to the news release.

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