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Zika virus started appearing in United States with 5 new cases

Microcephaly patients have smaller than usual heads and their brains don't develop properly. The CDC said that the virus is a type of second-category notifiable infection disease that requires the doctors to report their cases within one day of its detection.

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El Salvador advises women to delay pregnancies due to virus

Cases are now being reported in four state: Illinois, Florida, Texas and Hawaii. In another note , the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) has recently issued a travel alert to American travelers to avoid certain countries in the Caribbean and Latin America where Zika virus outbreaks were documented.

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Risks of Zika virus to pregnancies explained

Right now there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika and that's why the CDC is urging pregnant women to think twice before traveling certain countries in Central and South America, where the virus is prevalent. The Zika virus is caused by the Aedes mosquito . The health organization further advised that pregnant women who have recently been to countries where Zika is present to get screened for the disease.

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Birth defects linked to Zika virus still rising in Brazil

In Brazil, Health Ministry officials said Wednesday that the suspected number of cases of microcephaly rose to rise 3,893. In Brazil, which is combatting a large outbreak, there has been a significant increase in cases of a birth defect linked to Zika.

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Details about the latest round of bird flu

The state issued a statement Wednesday evening saying all of the birds have been killed. The H7N8 flu strain was confirmed at a commercial turkey farm in Dubois County, about 70 miles west of Louisville, Ky., after samples from birds were taken when the farm saw a surge in turkey deaths, according to the U.S.

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Snyder greenlights group to address Flint water crisis

It also started to leach lead out of the old pipes that distribute the city's water. That was after elevated lead levels were found in the water of four Flint schools and a local pediatrician released a study showing that the number of children with elevated blood-lead levels had doubled from 2.1 to four percent.