We begin with a moderated caution, via Reuters:
WHO urges precautions in Zika areas but reassures most births normal
- U.N. health agency issues recommendations for women
- Most women in Zika areas “will give birth to normal infants”
- WHO urges safe sex through use of condoms
- Women should consult doctor if travelling to infected zone
- Whether and when to become pregnant is “personal decision”
From teleSUR, confirmation:
Experts Confirm Zika Virus Linked to Baby Defects in Brazil
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed this Wednesday afternoon that the Zika virus is linked to defects in thousands of newborn babies in Brazil, the CDC Director Tom Frieden told members of House of Representatives in Washington.
More from the Los Angeles Times:
Zika virus found in fetal brain
The Zika virus, thought to be responsible for a surge in birth defects in Brazil, has been found inside the abnormally small brain of an aborted fetus at roughly 29 weeks of gestation, a team of researchers reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
From the Associated Press, a video report:
CDC: Expect ‘Significant Number’ of Zika Cases
CDC Director Thomas Frieden told a congressional committee Wednesday that the U.S. should expect to see “significant numbers” of infections of the Zika virus in territories including Puerto Rico.
On to Dixie with the Birmingham News:
First Alabama resident confirmed with Zika virus
The state Department of Public Health confirms one Morgan County resident has the first travel-related case of the Zika virus in Alabama.
And then to Portland, with the Oregonian:
Oregon has first travel-related Zika case of 2016
The Oregon Public Health Division said the adult woman had visited “an affected country” and has recovered. This is the first such case this year. Three other people in Oregon also been infected, one in 2014 and two in 2015. Those three people had traveled to Polynesia.
Next to Pennsylvania with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Two women in Pa. recovering from Zika
Health Dept.: They pose no health threat
On to the First State with the News Journal in Wilmington:
Delaware woman tests positive for Zika virus
State officials announced late Tuesday that a Delaware woman has tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Venezuelan anxiety from the Guardian:
‘Everyone is catching it’: Venezuelans fear the worst as Zika infections rise
The numbers infected with the Zika virus could be as high as 400,000 say experts, and medicine is in short supply as the country’s recession takes a toll
Next, China, via Xinhua:
China detects 1st imported case of Zika virus
The patient, a 34-year-old male from Ganxian county of Jiangxi province, is now recovering with normal body temperature and fading rash. He had traveled to Venezuela and showed symptoms of fever, headache and dizziness on Jan. 28, before returning to his hometown on Feb. 5 via Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
And then to Finland with Yle yhtiönä:
2nd case of Zika virus diagnosed in Finland
The first Zika case was detected last summer in a man who had visited the Maldives
And back to the Golden State with troubling news about a critter called Aedes aegypti from KBAK in Bakersfield:
Mosquito that transmits Zika virus found in Arvin
“We’re finding it in very small numbers in the city of Arvin,” said Gene Abbott, superintendent with Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District.
And to close, a little bit of music from the hot zone via AJ+:
Anti-Zika Anthem For Brazil’s Carnival
As the mosquito-borne Zika epidemic rocks Brazil, marching band Os Nazarentos is rocking Carnival with their anti-mosquito anthem “Shoo Mosquitão.”