Scientists in Australia have managed to wipe out more than 80 percent of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known for carrying Zika virus, in a field experiment, by rendering the male mosquitoes impotent.
A new study says that a single genetic change that occurred in 2013 may explain how Zika acquired the ability to attack fetal nerve cells.
India has reported three confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than 1.5 million people around the world since 2015.
Women like Brenda Pereira Ramos are left to cope by themselves with babies suffering from microcephaly – abnormal brain development linked to mothers contracting the Zika virus during pregnancy.
The plan aims to reduce new cases of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.
Health ministry's suggestion comes after two cases of Zika were confirmed in Thailand last week.
Thailand's health officials had earlier expressed concern that disclosing information on Zika would damage the country's lucrative tourism industry.
While trying to stop the spread of Zika-infested mosquitoes, officials in South Carolina killed millions of precious pollinating honeybees by blanketing the region with a powerful pesticide.
Singapore has begun urging pregnant women to get tested for Zika virus amidst USA and Britain warnings to those traveling to the area.
Thirty-four patients have fully recovered from Zika virus, according to Singaporean authorities, while the health ministry has said it "cannot rule out" further cases.
Four cases of Zika virus in Florida are likely the first transmitted locally by mosquitoes in the US, marking a new phase of the virus. Federal government's CDC response team is yet to be invited to assist with the investigation.
The controversial advise applies to people in 60 countries, it comes as health bodies and experts struggle to find ways to effectively combat the disease.
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