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Zika: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 5:05 pm
The Asian strain of Zika responsible for the outbreak in Brazil and the U.S. has not been reported on the African mainland. Cape Verde has reported nine cases of the Asian strain. It’s not known if exposure to the African strain gives protection against the Asian strain. A $54.2 million grant in 2016 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funding a candidate Zika virus vaccine now in its first phase of trials
Staff, 6:53 pm
One of the worst yellow fever outbreaks in decades could soon spread globally. The World Health Organization is launching one of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa. The epidemic could spread to the Americas, Asia, Europe and other cities in Africa. The virus is transmitted by the same species of mosquito that spreads Zika. Yellow fever is not highly contagious and easily prevented with vaccines, but just 18 million vaccines have been sent to Africa; 40 million are needed.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:35 am
South African golfer Jaco Van Zyl has withdrawn from both The Open Championship and the USPGA Championship in order to focus entirely on his performance at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio. Golf is to be played at the Olympics for the first time since 1904, as it has been reintroduced to the games alongside sevens rugby for the 2016 games.
Dana Sanchez, 10:21 am
With golf making its first appearance in the 2016 Olympics in 112 years, and a vote coming in 2017 to decide whether it stays or not, the 2016 event in Rio is off to a weak start. Some of the world’s best players have little interest competing in the 2016 Olympics, and others are concerned about their health and the health of their unborn children. South African Charl Schwartzel is skipping the Olympics. He and his wife want to have more children and the risk of Zika is too great.
Dana Sanchez, 2:43 pm
The top U.S. public health official, Tom Frieden, said there is no public health reason to cancel or delay the Olympic Games. But an open letter to WHO signed by doctors and researchers at leading universities around the world, said officials are not adequately protecting the world’s most vulnerable populations, including Africans, against Zika. “It is unethical to run the risk, just for games that could proceed anyway, if postponed and/or moved.”
Dana Sanchez, 1:24 pm
Until the virus was sequenced by scientists in Senegal, it was uncertain if the outbreak in Cape Verde was caused by the African or Asian strain of Zika virus. The Asian type has hit Brazil and other Latin American countries. Tests show that Cape Verde is affected by the Asian type — the same one blamed for birth abnormalities in Brazil. The Zika virus has been circulating at a low level in African countries for more than 50 years, so some of the population may already be immune.
Staff, 11:01 am
Only five of 54 African countries reported an actual case of Ebola. The IMF cut its growth forecast for sub-Sahara from 5.5% to 5% citing economic spillovers from the edpidemic. The recent Zika outbreak is a reminder of the cost of major outbreaks. Travel bookings to African countries thousands of kilometers from Ebola fell up to 70 percent,. The ones hardest hit will take decades to rebuild. Even African football was affected.
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