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Last year, 44 Californians died from West Nile virus. Invasive mosquitoes that can carry the illness, as well as other serious diseases such as Zika, are spreading across the state. Mosquito-control officials are responding with new and aggressive tactics to limit the threat.
After weathering the catastrophe in New Orleans 12 years ago, Dr. Ruth Berggren moved to Texas, where she again finds herself in the center of a hurricane crisis. In a Q&A, she draws parallels between the harrowing events and pinpoints risks in Harvey’s aftermath.
The failure of a University of Washington clinic to inform a pregnant woman in a timely fashion that she had tested positive for Zika follows other reports of botched or delayed tests in the U.S. since the outbreak of the virus in 2015.
So far, 72 affected babies have been born in the continental U.S. One young mother, infected in Mexico last year, and her infant face an uncertain future in rural Washington.
California has reported more than 500 travel-related Zika infections, and five babies have been born in the state with birth defects related to the mosquito-borne disease.
In a paradox, researchers say testing for a vaccine will depend on the outbreak recurring this year.
Because of the fears about devastating birth defects, carrying a child to term can be daunting for women in the commonwealth.
Zika virus infection changes both viral and human RNA, affecting the body’s immune response, say researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
Most people who have been infected don’t have symptoms, so they don’t know they have the virus.
A Brazilian case report indicates the virus may cause brain impairment after a child is born, increasing the need for tracking the development of children who may have been exposed.