Infectious Diseases A-Z: Zika virus cases lower, but virus remains a risk

The number of reported Zika virus cases is much lower so far this year than at this point in 2017. However, pregnant women remain advised not to travel to areas where there is a risk of contracting the virus. “It’s still important that pregnant women avoid travel to Zika-endemic areas. We know that there is […]

Mayo Clinic Minute: What women need to know about Zika

Every summer, many people take time off to travel. Dr. Mary Jo Kasten, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, says women of childbearing age need to know the risks associated with traveling to areas where there’s a known Zika virus outbreak. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1:00) is in the downloads. Read […]

Women’s Wellness: Learn more about Zika if you’re traveling

The Zika infection in pregnant women can cause severe birth defects in their babies. So the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all pregnant women avoid traveling to areas where there is an outbreak of Zika virus. Infectious diseases internist Dr. Mary Jo Kasten, of the Mayo Clinic Travel Clinic, says, “The current […]

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Protect yourself and your family from Zika

As the 2017 mosquito season gets underway in many warm areas of the nation, so do renewed concerns about Zika virus and its effect on human health and unborn babies. Zika virus is spread by  the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Aedes. aegypti and Aedes. albopictus). This leads to concerns of neurologic complications, and concerns in women infected with the […]

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Babies born with Zika-related birth defects

Among pregnant women in the U.S. with confirmed Zika virus, about 1 in 10 had a fetus or baby with birth defects. That’s according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, “Initially, we knew pretty clearly that there was some association between […]

Virus del Zika también puede conllevar efectos cardíacos nocivos revela investigación, en primer informe sobre adultos

ROCHESTER, Minnesota: En el primer estudio para informar acerca de las complicaciones cardiovasculares relacionadas con el virus del Zika, una nueva investigación revela que este también puede conllevar efectos graves para el corazón, según los datos que se presentan durante la 66 reunión científica anual del Colegio Americano de Cardiología. En un estudio realizado en […]

Zika virus also may have harmful heart effects, research shows in first report in adults

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Zika also may have serious effects on the heart, new research shows in the first study to report cardiovascular complications related to this virus, according to data being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session. In a study at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Caracas, Venezuela, of […]

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Zika and spring break

Many students and their families in the U.S. are taking a reprieve from winter and traveling to warmer climates for spring break. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants to remind those heading to areas where there have been known cases of Zika to protect themselves, and help stop the spread of the mosquito-borne […]

Zika virus update: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

We’re not hearing much about the Zika virus as we once did, but that doesn’t mean the problem has gone away.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Gregory Poland comments on the threats from the virus. To listen, click the link below. Zika Virus Update

Infectious Diseases A-Z: The evolving Zika virus and GMO mosquitoes

Recently, the World Health Organization declared Zika virus a  highly significant long-term problem rather than a global health emergency crisis. Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group says, “I am concerned that this is a bit premature and sends the wrong message. Summer is just starting in the Southern Hemisphere, and we don’t yet know what will happen. […]

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