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FDA Approves Faster Zika Virus Test; Scientists Examining Ways To Control Mosquito Populations

The Hill: CDC takes key step toward Zika test
“The Food and Drug Administration has given preliminary approval for the first test that can confirm a diagnosis of the Zika virus without multiple tests. The faster test, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was approved for emergency use on Thursday…” (Ferris, 3/18).

Reuters: WHO backs trials of bacteria, genetic modification to fight Zika mosquitoes
“The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for pilot projects to test two experimental ways to curb Zika-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs hatching…” (Kelland, 3/18).

Washington Post: This lab is ground zero in the U.S. fight against Zika
“…Behind an unmarked gated entrance in this working-class neighborhood of San Juan, [Puerto Rico,] scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have only one focus: to stop Zika’s spread. About 100 virologists, biologists, entomologists, and more are working here, including dozens brought from CDC sites in Colorado and Georgia. They’re racing to develop tests for faster and more accurate diagnosis of infection and killing Aedes aegypti mosquitoes by the hundreds to determine what chemicals are most effective…” (Sun, 3/20).

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