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Texas announces its first locally transmitted Zika case

Texas announces its first locally transmitted Zika case

The Centers for Disease Control has urged pregnant women to avoid travel to dozens of countries, including Mexico, where the virus is actively spreading. As The Texas Tribune reported, the state has confirmed 257 Zika virus infections to date, all of them travel-associated. Zika virus, named after the Zika forest in Uganda where it was first discovered in 1947, entered the spotlight last summer after cases of its characteristic birth defect, microcephaly , became alarmingly more ...


Dead, at Least 5 Sickened after Thanksgiving Dinner

Dead, at Least 5 Sickened after Thanksgiving Dinner

Three people died, four were treated and released and one person remains hospitalized, according to the hospital. Dr. Louise McNitt, of the Contra Costa County Health Department, said Monday there is no risk to the general public. American Legion Post 161 maintains and cleans the interior of the building, and does have some signage on the building. Fellow attendees of the Thanksgiving meal may be able to help with the investigation.


HIV vaccine efficacy study begins in South Africa

HIV vaccine efficacy study begins in South Africa

According to the National AIDS Control Council latest statistics , Kenya has an average HIV prevalence rate of 6% and with about 1.6 million people living with HIV infection, it is one of the six HIV "high burden" countries in Africa. It is only the seventh full-scale human trial for a virus that infects more than 2 million people and kills more than 1 million every year. This new study, called HVTN 702 , is created to determine whether the regimen is safe, tolerable and effective at ...



Trump to nominate Georgia Rep. Tom Price as health secretary

There have been reports that Trump is also considering the Republican leader Mitt Romney for the position of Secretary of State in his administration; however, his advisers have warned him against it, considering Romney was against Trump's nomination for U.S.


Pope confirms 2018 visit to Ireland, prime minister says

Pope confirms 2018 visit to Ireland, prime minister says

Enda Kenny, who met the Pope at the Vatican yesterday, confirmed the pontiff will come to Ireland for a global gathering of the Catholic Church in August 2018. In 1979, in the early days of his papacy, Pope John Paul II landed at Dublin airport and kissed the ground as he disembarked from an Aer Lingus Boeing 747 named the St Patrick.



Africa searches for new ways of preventing world AIDS

But WHO chief Margaret Chan warned that since so many people do not know their status, "millions of people with HIV are still missing out on life-saving treatment, which can also prevent HIV transmission to others". One in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the European Union and World Health Organization reported Tuesday (29 November) as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region.