Research on link between Zika and birth defects expected by May

Courtesy Of The News International BRASILIA/GENEVA: Two US-Brazilian studies will have initial results by May on whether the Zika virus spreading through the Americas is causing birth defects and other neurological disorders, a senior US public health official said on Friday. The studies seek to confirm that the mosquito-borne virus is responsible for an unprecedented…

Genes, bugs and radiation: WHO backs new weapons in Zika fight

Courtesy Of The News International LONDON: Countries battling the Zika virus should consider new ways to curb disease-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs hatching, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. “Given the magnitude of the Zika crisis, WHO encourages affected countries and their partners to…