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Toys Remain Viral Playground for 24 Hours

Kids can get exposed in common play areas, like doctors' offices, researchers warn

2009 Swine Flu Originated in Mexico

Genetic analysis pinpoints source of the pandemic influenza that killed 17,000 people

Anthrax Vaccine Shows Promise in Monkey Trial

New type of shot protected animals against deadly infection

Zika Brain Damage May Occur in Babies With Normal-Sized Heads

Study suggests microcephaly birth defect isn't always present; cases may be underreported

Zika Infection May Give Future Immunity, Monkey Study Suggests

But researchers also found evidence that pregnancy may lengthen time virus stays in body

Success in Mice Shows Zika Vaccine 'Feasible'

Two candidates provided protection after just one shot; clinical trials planned for later this year

Epclusa Approved for Chronic Hepatitis C

Combination drug treats six major forms of HCV

Dengue Virus May Bolster Zika's Attack

Prior exposure to this other mosquito-borne virus might worsen infection, study says

Dallas Confirms 10 Zika Cases in Pregnant Women

All were infected while traveling abroad; number of U.S. cases continues to rise

Zika Can Also Strike Eyes of Adults: Report

Case of man with potentially severe condition suggests virus can damage vision in more than babies

Abortion Rates Rising in Zika-Affected Countries, Study Shows

Brazil, Ecuador have seen requests to a women's helpline double in 2016 over prior rates

Zika's Delivery Via Mosquito Bite May Boost Its Effect

Body's response to being bitten could help the virus, mouse study suggests

Experimental Genital Herpes Drug Shows Promise

Drug lowered viral activity, recurrence of symptoms in study patients

Scientists Explore Possible Way to Stop Zika in Its Tracks

Gene pathway that allows virus to move from one cell to the next could be future drug target

Zika Spreading Rapidly Through Puerto Rico: CDC

Possibly hundreds of babies could be born with brain birth defect related to virus in coming year

CDC Reports Six Cases of Birth Defects Caused by Zika

Three babies born with defects, while three pregnancies were lost or ended due to brain damage caused by virus

Timing of Zika Infection in Pregnancy May Be Key to Birth Defect Risk

Colombian study found no cases of microcephaly when infection occurred in 3rd trimester

Zika Could Spread in Southern Europe This Summer

Conditions will be ripe for transmission via Aedes aegypti mosquito, study warns

Couples Living in Zika Areas Should Delay Pregnancy, WHO Advises

Agency acknowledges it's the only sure way to avoid having babies born with severe brain defect

Report Hints Zika Can Spread Through Oral Sex

French finding adds to growing evidence that sexual transmission of the virus more common than thought

Zika Threat Calls for Extra Mosquito Protection This Summer

Experts offer tips on how to avoid infection

Girl With Zika Birth Defect Born at New Jersey Hospital

The mother was apparently infected in her home country of Honduras, reports indicate

Zika Infections Through Sex More Common Than Thought: WHO

Women planning to become pregnant should wait 8 weeks if they or partner live in areas where infections are occurring

Most Americans Aware of Zika Threat, But Gaps in Knowledge Remain

Mosquitoes main source of transmission, but many don't know virus can be spread through sex, HealthDay/Harris Poll finds

Some Experts Question Extent of Zika Threat to U.S.

They say Gulf Coast states face risk, but most other states probably don't

Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study Finds

And researchers say alcohol can worsen the chronic liver condition

Doctors Spot New Vision Problems in Babies Struck by Zika

Finding adds to growing understanding of damage virus causes in these infants, researchers say

Cases of Pregnant U.S. Women With Zika Triple Under New Counting Method

Two registries will track those who show lab evidence of infection, whether or not they ever had symptoms

Mouse Models Reveal How Zika Infects Fetuses

Virus attacks placenta first, then fetus, study shows

Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Study

It protected more than half of healthy adult volunteers for up to a year

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

As mosquito season approaches, people can take simple steps to protect themselves, health officials say

With Zika at the Doorstep, U.S. Health Officials Brace for Battle

The mosquito-borne virus, which causes birth defects, expected to hit Gulf Coast states like Florida, Louisiana and Texas

Zika Destroys Fetal Brain Cells, Lab Study Finds

Virus appears to activate an immune system response that turns off or stunts cell development

Ebola May Leave Some Survivors Blind

1 in 5 developed severe or total vision loss within weeks of recovery, Sierra Leone study found

Bacteria Experiment May Point Way to Slow Zika's Spread

Infecting mosquitoes led to lower, inactive levels of virus in their bodies, saliva

Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico

The victim was a 70-year-old man

Day Care Babies Catch Stomach Bugs Earlier, But Get Fewer Later

Protective effect seen from preschool to age 6, study says

With Flu Shot, Timing May Be Everything

Vaccination seems to provide greater immune response in the morning than in the afternoon, study suggests

Businesses Should Be Mindful of Zika Danger to Workers, CDC Says

One advisory: Let employees who feel nervous about travel to endemic areas stay put

Two-Step Ebola Vaccine Strategy Works in Early Trial

But one expert says two shots might be hard to give in an outbreak setting

Generic Hepatitis C Drugs as Effective as Pricey Brand Names: Study

Inexpensive antivirals could be a game-changer in many countries, researchers say

U.S. Health Experts Debate Advice to Women Once Zika Virus Arrives

At issue: should women be told to avoid getting pregnant during mosquito season

Hepatitis C Therapy May Reduce Need for Liver Transplants

If findings are confirmed, treatment could cut number of patients on waiting lists, researchers say

Zika Virus Causes Brain Defects in Babies: CDC

Agency says evidence confirms infection during early pregnancy leads to severe form of microcephaly

Mom Was Right: A Good Night's Sleep Helps Keep You Healthy

Too little shuteye linked to higher risk of colds and infections, study finds

Zika May Be Linked to Autoimmune Brain Disorder, Study Says

Researchers in Brazil detect symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis

U.S. Moving Money From Ebola Fund to Help Fight Zika

More than $500 million pulled out to prepare for likely outbreaks of mosquito-borne virus in U.S.

Scientists Try to Stop Another Deadly Virus

Junin, an Ebola-like disease in Argentina, has a death rate of 20 to 30 percent

CDC Zika Summit Details Plans to Fight Mosquito-Borne Illness

The primary concern is potential for birth defects, officials say

FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations

But agency still asks those who've possibly been exposed to the virus to forgo giving blood right now