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Reuters Publishes Articles Examining Zika In Brazil, Angola, Lack Of Diagnostic Test

Reuters: Mothers of babies afflicted by Zika fight poverty, despair
“Nearly three years after a Zika outbreak in Brazil caused thousands of cases of microcephaly and other devastating birth defects in newborns, Reuters returned to check on the mothers and their children…” (Marcelino/Steenhuysen, 10/17).

Reuters: Zika in Africa: Rare birth defect on the rise in Angola
“…The cases have gone largely unreported, but an internal World Health Organization report reviewed by Reuters concluded in April that two cases of a potentially dangerous strain of Zika confirmed in early 2017, along with the [approximately 70] microcephaly cases identified since then, provided ‘strong evidences’ of a Zika-linked microcephaly cluster in Angola. … [N]ew findings from a research team in Portugal suggest it is the first [cluster] on the African mainland involving the Asian strain of the disease…” (Eisenhammer/Steenhuysen, 10/17).

Reuters: Why it’s so hard to diagnose Zika
“When a Zika epidemic was at its height in the Americas two years ago, diagnostics makers began working feverishly to create diagnostic tests for a virus that few in the U.S. had heard of. Those efforts have now largely stalled, as public concern has waned, health experts say, and the development of inexpensive tests that can quickly detect Zika infections and distinguish them from similar mosquito-borne diseases remains elusive…” (Steenhuysen, 10/17).