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Mosquitos Expected to Begin Infecting Americans with Zika Virus in the 'Next Month or So,' Say Experts

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Mosquitos carrying the Zika virus could infect Americans in the United States as soon as this summer, a public health official warns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all 544 Zika cases currently reported in the United States thus far have been travel-associated - no locally acquired vector-borne cases have been recorded. But that could change quickly as mosquito populations rise this summer. "The concern is that we will have local transmission; in other words, people who get infected in the United States, get bitten by a mosquito, but who have never left the continental United States. We
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Mosquitos Expected to Begin Infecting Americans in the 'Next Month or So,' Say Experts

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Mosquitos carrying the Zika virus could infect Americans in the United States as soon as this summer, a public health official warns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all 544 Zika cases currently reported in the United States thus far have been travel-associated - no locally acquired vector-borne cases have been recorded. But that could change quickly as mosquito populations rise this summer. "The concern is that we will have local transmission; in other words, people who get infected in the United States, get bitten by a mosquito, but who have never left the continental United States. We
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Shatner, Carter, Weir Headline Smithsonian Sf Festival

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Washington, D.C. — Fanboy favorites from Star Trek star William Shatner and The X-Files creator Chris Carter to Syfy’s hit series 12 Monkeys and Deadpool director Tim Miller are squarely in the spotlight for Smithsonian magazine’s fourth annual The Future Is Here Festival™, a three-day event highlighting the most advanced thinking in science, technology, space, art and engineering from a dazzling array of experts, visionaries and noted science-lovers.

The Festival kicks off on Friday, April 22nd at the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall with an exclusive ticketed evening event featuring Shatner, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek; a conversation with Carter, fresh off the triumphant return of The X-Files to television; and an exclusive glimpse into the thrilling second season of Syfy’s hit series 12 Monkeys (premieres April 18) with special advance footage presented by stars Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull and executive producer Terry Matalas.
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At Least 2 Pregnant Women Choose Abortions After Zika Diagnosis, Cdc Confirms

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At Least 2 Pregnant Women Choose Abortions After Zika Diagnosis, Cdc Confirms
At least two pregnant women infected with the Zika virus have chosen to undergo abortions in recent months, while another two have suffered miscarriages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. One Zika patient's newborn had serious birth defects (microcephaly, currently the major hallmark of the Zika virus), while two others delivered healthy infants. The Cdc said that between August 2015 and Feb. 10, it has received over 257 requests for Zika testing of expecting women in the U.S. Ninety-seven percent of those individuals tested negative for the disease, though the organization has been tracking nine pregnant women who tested positive for it.
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At Least 2 Pregnant Women Choose Abortions After Zika Diagnosis, Cdc Confirms

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At Least 2 Pregnant Women Choose Abortions After Zika Diagnosis, Cdc Confirms
At least two pregnant women infected with the Zika virus have chosen to undergo abortions in recent months, while another two have suffered miscarriages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. One Zika patient's newborn had serious birth defects (microcephaly, currently the major hallmark of the Zika virus), while two others delivered healthy infants. The Cdc said that between August 2015 and Feb. 10, it has received over 257 requests for Zika testing of expecting women in the U.S. Ninety-seven percent of those individuals tested negative for the disease, though the organization has been tracking nine pregnant women who tested positive for it.
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Dr. Fauci: ‘I Cannot Explain’ Treatment of Quarantined Nurse

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci had no good explanation for the treatment of a New Jersey nurse, who was quarantined Sunday at the Newark airport after returning from treating ebola patients in west Africa. Fauci, who has criticized the mandatory ban announced by several states, intimated the quarantine procedure, which drew a sharp rebuke from Doctors Without Borders, went against scientific protocol.
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Nurse Nina Pham Has Been Cured of Ebola, Is Released from Hospital

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Nurse Nina Pham Has Been Cured of Ebola, Is Released from Hospital
A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital Friday, free of the virus, and later met with President Barack Obama at the White House. Nurse Nina Pham said she felt "fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," as she left the National Institutes of Health's hospital outside Washington. She thanked her health-care team in Dallas and at the Nih and singled out fellow Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, who recovered after becoming infected in Liberia, for donating plasma containing Ebola-fighting antibodies as part of her care. "Although I no longer have Ebola,
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Ebola Fears Ease as Incubation Period Passes for Those in Close Contact with Thomas Eric Duncan

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Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus. Federal officials meanwhile ramped up readiness to deal with future cases. A top government official said revised guidance instructs health workers treating Ebola patients to wear protective gear "with no skin showing." The Pentagon said it is forming a team to support civilian medical staff in the U.S. In Dallas, Louise Troh
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Ebola Fears Ease as Incubation Period Passes for Those in Close Contact with Thomas Eric Duncan

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Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus. Federal officials meanwhile ramped up readiness to deal with future cases. A top government official said revised guidance instructs health workers treating Ebola patients to wear protective gear "with no skin showing." The Pentagon said it is forming a team to support civilian medical staff in the U.S. In Dallas, Louise Troh
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Nina Pham, Nurse Fighting Ebola Virus, Speaks From Hospital Bed Before Moving To Bethesda

Nina Pham appears to be doing well in a video shared by the Texas Health Presbyterian hospital where the nurse was being treated for Ebola.

Nina Pham Speaks From Hospital Bed

Pham, a nurse, contracted the Ebola virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the Us. Originally treated at Texas Health Presbyterian, where she works, Pham has been moved following growing safety concerns at the hospital, which many believe was ill equipped to deal with any kind of Ebola outbreak.

In the video, made by Pham’s attending physician at the Dallas hospital, Pham says goodbye to her doctors at the hospital as she prepares to fly to Bethesda, Md., where she is currently being treated. The YouTube video of Pham is the first time the public has seen the nurse since her diagnosis became headline news.

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Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola

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A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday. The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was monitoring herself for symptoms, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The unidentified woman reported a fever Tuesday. She was in isolation within 90 minutes, Jenkins said. Health officials said the worker was among those who took care of Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with Ebola after coming to the U.S. from Liberia. Duncan died Oct.
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Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola

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A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday. The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was monitoring herself for symptoms, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The unidentified woman reported a fever Tuesday. She was in isolation within 90 minutes, Jenkins said. Health officials said the worker was among those who took care of Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with Ebola after coming to the U.S. from Liberia. Duncan died Oct.
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Ebola: How Much of a Threat Is It to Americans?

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Ebola: How Much of a Threat Is It to Americans?
As the Ebola virus continues to spread through West Africa, the possibility that the disease could reach the U.S. is growing. Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the American survivors of Ebola, testified before Congress on Tuesday, stressing the importance of stopping the outbreak in its tracks. "We can't afford to wait months, or even weeks, to take action, to put people on the ground," he said. Also on Tuesday, President Obama declared a "major increase" in America's response to the deadly outbreak in West Africa, CNN reports. "Men and women and children are just sitting, waiting to die right now,
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Betty White Felled By Flu, Is 'On the Mend'

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Betty White Felled By Flu, Is 'On the Mend'
Get-well wishes are due everybody's favorite TV star Betty White. "Betty has the flu and is on the mend," her rep tells People, though no further details are available. The news of White's health comes three days after the debut of the second season of her NBC comedy reality series Betty White's Off Their Rockers and less than a week before her 91st birthday next Thursday. A birthday special has been taped by NBC, but so far no air date has been announced.The star of such sitcoms as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland
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Anderson Cooper to Present "Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS"

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As the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis approaches, Anderson Cooper will take a look at the history of the battle and the latest medical breakthroughs. Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS will air on CNN this Friday, January 14th, at 9 Pm Est.

From the press release:

In addition to Anderson Cooper’s in-depth interview with Sir Elton John about his foundation’s work to end the disease, the show will also include interviews with Academy-award winning actress Mo’nique, Project Runway’s Mondo Guerra, Phill Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute and co-founder of Greater Than AIDS, a new national movement developed with the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The special hour will also feature emotional clips from famous personalities on their personal “Deciding Moment” that changed how they think about the disease
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