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August 27, 2016 6:06 PM Health officials confirm rabies in Bellevue bat

Health officials in eastern Nebraska have confirmed this year's first case of rabies in Sarpy and Cass counties. The Omaha World-Herald reports ( ) that the Sarpy/Cass Health Department announced Friday that a bat found in Bellevue, south of Omaha, was infected with rabies. Rabies is a viral disease transmitted through the bite or scratch 26

August 26, 2016 10:26 PM HB2 blocked in part by US judge before trial

The federal judge who will preside over one of the trials challenging House Bill 2 issued a ruling on Friday that blocks the UNC system from enforcing the bathroom portion of the controversial law for three transgender residents who have challenged it. In the 81-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder said it is likely that the transgender 37

August 26, 2016 8:01 PM A Guide to Help Pregnant Women Reduce Their Zika Risk

Remove all standing water. Aedes aegypti like to lay their eggs in stagnant water, and they need only a thimbleful left behind in a dog bowl, a puddle in a shower drain, or the drops that pool on potted plants. These mosquitoes also lurk in dark humid places — in closets, under beds, and in other nooks and crannies. The C.D.C. recommends using indoor 158

August 26, 2016 7:35 PM FDA Suggests Testing All Donated Blood for Zika

All blood donations should be tested for the Zika virus, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. Zika can spread invisibly, so it's safest to test all blood donations for the virus, which causes severe birth defects if pregnant women get it and which can cause a paralyzing condition called Guillain Barre syndrome. "There is still much uncertainty 55

August 26, 2016 5:48 PM Guess How Many Zika Cases Showed Up At The Olympics?

Mosquitoes hover around South Korea's bronze medalist Bobae Ki during the medal ceremony for archery, held on August 11 at the Rio games. "There have so far been no laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus in spectators, athletes or anyone associated with the Olympics," the World Health Organization said Thursday on its website. Now, no cases doesn't 41

August 26, 2016 5:41 PM FDA takes radical measure of recommending Zika screening for entire U.S. blood supply

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday took the radical step of recommending that blood donations in all 50 states and U.S. territories be screened for the Zika virus. Such costly and time-consuming testing is typically only done for the most dangerous infectious disease outbreaks and signals how seriously U.S. officials are taking the Zika threat 67

August 26, 2016 4:37 PM Florida scientist designs trap in quest to eliminate mosquito-borne illnesses

In his latest attempt to rid the world of mosquito-borne disease, Dr. Matthew DeGennaro of Florida International University has created a new trap for the deadly insect. DeGennaro calls for an “all hands on deck” approach to saving the lives of 735,000 people who die annually from disease spread by mosquitoes. The 60 plus long-legged, hot-pink flamingos 31

August 26, 2016 3:08 PM All U.S. Blood Donations Should Be Screened For Zika, FDA Says

The FDA says that facilities that collect blood donations throughout the United States should be testing donations for Zika within 12 weeks. The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that blood banks screen all blood donations in the U.S. for the Zika virus. It's a major expansion from a Feb. 16 advisory that limited such screening to areas with active 34

August 26, 2016 3:06 PM FDA recommends screening all blood donations for Zika

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended expanding the screening process for all blood donations in the U.S. as a precaution against contaminating the blood supply with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The new recommendation expands the guidance to all U.S. states and territories. Previously, the FDA only advised screening in areas with active 56

August 26, 2016 2:02 PM Meet the hip hop grandpas of Nairobi

"It's a way of telling our stories, in our own different kind of way", says Osborne Macharia. "I think for so long Africa has been known to be a continent of war, poverty, disease, famine and so on. Sometimes when we actually travel outside and show images of back home people are always shocked and say that's not what I know about Africa from what I see in the media" 27