CDC SCIENTISTS confirm ZIKA causes BIRTH DEFECTS ~Family DOG with RABIES exposes 27 in TEXAS ~ NEW MEXICAN second in state to die of HANTAVIRUS this year.



Global 04/13/16 Media Release – Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the CDC authors describe a rigorous weighing of evidence using established scientific criteria. “This study marks a turning point in the Zika outbreak.  It is now clear that the virus causes microcephaly.  We are also launching further studies to determine whether children who have microcephaly born to mothers infected by the Zika virus is the tip of the iceberg of what we could see in damaging effects on the brain and other developmental problems,” said Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC. “We’ve now confirmed what mounting evidence has suggested, affirming our early guidance to pregnant women and their partners to take steps to avoid Zika infection and to health care professionals who are talking to patients every day. We are working to do everything possible to protect the American public.”

The report notes that no single piece of evidence provides conclusive proof that Zika virus infection is a cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects. Rather, increasing evidence from a number of recently published studies and a careful evaluation using established scientific criteria supports the authors’ conclusions.  The finding that Zika virus infection can cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects means that a woman who is infected with Zika during pregnancy has an increased risk of having a baby with these health problems. It does not mean, however, that all women who have Zika virus infection during pregnancy will have babies with problems. As has been seen during the current Zika outbreak, some infected women have delivered babies that appear to be healthy. – For complete release see


New Mexico 04/05/16 State health officials say a 54-year-old man from Cibola County has died of hantavirus. The New Mexico Department of Health says it’s the second case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in the state this year. An environmental investigation will be conducted at the patient’s home to help reduce the risk to others. The name of the victim wasn’t released Tuesday. Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. Health officials say the deer mouse is the main carrier for the hantavirus strain found in New Mexico. Since 1993, New Mexico has reported 103 lab-confirmed HPS cases with 43 deaths. That’s the highest number of cases of any state. – See


Texas 04/08/16 Peterson Regional Medical Center officials reported today that a total of 27 patients from Ingram were seen and/or treated for rabies exposure following the death of a family dog that tested positive for rabies. The patients began arriving at PRMC’s Emergency Room on Thursday, April 7. One adult and two teens have begun the series of shots required to treat rabies due to their high-risk exposure to the dog. PRMC officials are asking that anyone who might have come in contact with the dog, who resided in the 100 block of Jade Loop in Blue Ridge Mobile Home Park attend an information session set for Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m. at the Peterson Community Care Clinic, located in River Oaks Shopping Center at 823 Junction Highway. – See


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