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It's back: Texas resident contracted the Zika virus in the state, officials say

First, the good news: The Zika virus is much less of a threat to the United States this year than it was in 2016. The bad news: Zika-carrying mosquitoes are still in the United States. The Texas Department of State Health Services announced that a person living in Hidalgo County, Texas, was most...

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:54pm

West Nile confirmed in New York City: Health Department

The first human case of West Nile in New York City was confirmed on Monday by the Health Department.The patient, who is a Brooklyn resident, is over the age of 40 and has underlying medical conditions, according to the Health Department. He is the 318th New Yorker to be diagnosed since West Nile...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 3:04am

First sexually-transmitted case of Zika reported in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has reported its first case of the Zika virus through sexual transmission, according to the state’s health departmentA Pennsylvania resident contracted Zika “from a mosquito while traveling outside of the state in an area where Zika transmission is occurring,” Secretary of Heath Dr....

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 8:02pm

Must-know facts and figures about Zika

World Mosquito Day is celebrated on Aug. 20 to commemorate Indian doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.Though malaria cases have dropped by 18 percent in the past five years, an ongoing Zika epidemic is now a concern. According to the World...

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 9:49pm

Health Dept. to spray NYC neighborhoods for mosquitoes this week

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials will be spraying various Manhattan and Queens neighborhoods this week in an effort to kill mosquitoes and reduce residents’ possible exposure to the Zika and West Nile viruses.Starting at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and ending at 6 a.m. on Thursday, the...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 9:47pm

Demi Lovato issues apology over Zika virus joke

The latest party held for Demi Lovato was on Twitter, and it was called the#DemiLovatoIsOverParty.The "Cool for the Summer" singer faced backlash over the weekend because of a Snapchat video she posted to — and subsequently deleted from — her account. In it,the 23-year-old pop star is heard...

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:29pm

Pornhub helps combat Zika

Those fearless enough to enter the Zika infested city of Rio to watch the 2016 Olympic games are being rewarded for their bravery with a happy ending. Well, sort of.The CDC has classified the Rio de Janeiro area as Alert Level 2, meaning everyone must exercise enhanced precautions to protect...

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 12:01am

NY attorney general targets fake Zika products

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued cease-and-desist letters to companies marketing ineffective products that falsely promise protection against the Zika virus.On Wednesday, Schneiderman announced that the letters went to seven companies who advertised ultrasonic devices or...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 10:30pm

Gov. Cuomo announces plan to combat Zika in NYC subway system

Less than a week after the first mosquito-born Zika transmission was confirmed on the U.S. mainland, New York is taking a series of “aggressive” actions to battle the virus in the state.At the center of the plan is the New York City subway system, which is full of standing water — a breeding ground...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 2:22am