Second Zika-related Death in U.S. Confirmed in Utah

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Public health authorities in Utah confirmed that the death of a senior woman in late June is the first case of death in which the Zika virus played a role in the continental U.S. Authorities are not sure whether Zika, an underlying medical condition, or both killed the woman. Reportedly the Utah woman had visited a Zika-affected country a few months ago and she tested positive for the disease. … [Read more...]

Model Can Predict Spread of Animal Diseases To Humans

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Sometimes, animal diseases spread to humans, and scientists don’t always know how that happens. However, a team of researchers says they have come up with a better way to predict how the phenomenon takes place. According to their model for Lassa fever, there will be twice as many human cases of the disease in Africa by 2070; Lassa fever is spread by rats. However, the method they have … [Read more...]