• Revellers wear mosquito masks in a reference to the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can spread dengue as well as the Zika virus, during a street carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker - RTX25I6U
    February 5, 2016  

    The Centers for Disease Control have released new guidelines for combating Zika virus, including a recommendation that men refrain from unprotected sex with women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Judy Woodruff talks with science correspondent Miles O’Brien, reporting from Brazil, about efforts by the CDC to work with medical services in Brazil to unravel the secrets of Zika. Continue reading

  • Colombian women receive information from a health worker about how to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, at a train terminal in Bogota, Colombia on Jan. 31. Photo by John Vizcaino/Reuters
    February 1, 2016   BY Larisa Epatko 

    The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus, and its possible link to an explosion of birth defects in Latin American countries, a public health emergency in need of a coordinated international response on Monday. Continue reading

  • Felipe holds the head of his daughter Maria Geovana, who has microcephaly, at his house in Recife, Brazil, January 25, 2016. Health authorities in the Brazilian state at the center of a rapidly spreading Zika outbreak have been overwhelmed by the alarming surge in cases of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder associated to the mosquito-borne virus. Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
    January 29, 2016   BY Nsikan Akpan 

    What is Zika virus? How early can a doctor spot microcephaly? Did you know the U.S. already has a virus causing thousands of microcephaly cases each year? Continue reading

  • Gisele Felix, who is five months pregnant, applies repellent on her arm at her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 28, 2016. Gisele, who is concerned about the Zika virus, has not gone out  of her house during her 30-day vacation, keeping all the windows and doors closed in an effort to keep out mosquitoes. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday the Zika virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is "spreading explosively" and may infect 3 to 4 million people in the Americas, including 1.5 million in Brazil. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares - RTX24GXP
    January 28, 2016  

    The World Health Organization offered a powerful new warning about the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which apparently causes birth defects such as microcephaly and neurological problems. Officials estimate that there could be 3 to 4 million cases in the Americas over the next year alone. In some countries, officials have urged women to avoid getting pregnant. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • Felipe and Gleyse Kelly pose with their daughter Maria Geovana, who has microcephaly, in front of their house in Recife, Brazil, January 25, 2016. Health authorities in the Brazilian state at the center of a rapidly spreading Zika outbreak have been overwhelmed by the alarming surge in cases of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder associated to the mosquito-borne virus. Picture taken on January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino - RTX24A2S
    January 28, 2016  

    Weeks ago, hardly anyone in the U.S. knew what the Zika virus was. Now the mosquito-borne illness is raising serious fears, especially for pregnant women. Judy Woodruff talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health about the dangers of the infection and how to prevent it, in absence of a vaccine. Continue reading

  • Paige Bellenbaum with her husband and two chidren.
    January 27, 2016   BY Victoria Pasquantonio 

    Paige Bellenbaum, who battled severe postpartum depression, said Tuesday’s announcement by a government-appointed task force, which recommends depression screenings for women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth, was a step in the right direction in the fight to improve women’s mental health. Continue reading

  • Black pregnant woman holding her stomach at window
    January 26, 2016  

    There’s new evidence that postpartum depression is more common than previously believed, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, which calls for women to be screened during pregnancy and again after giving birth. William Brangham discusses the recommendations with Dr. Hal Lawrence III of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Continue reading

  • A health agent uses a new test kit that rapidly diagnoses three different mosquito-borne viruses in Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 18, 2016. Brazil said on Monday pregnant women should consult their doctors before traveling to the South American country but no other restrictions were necessary regarding the mosquito-borne Zika virus, eight months before the nation hosts the Olympic games.   REUTERS/Rodrigo Paiva FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.  - RTX22YG1
    January 20, 2016  

    Transmitted by mosquitos, the Zika virus can cause babies to be born with unusually small heads and brain damage. It has spread from Brazil to several countries and territories in the Americas, with a handful of cases confirmed in the U.S. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, about an advisory that pregnant women avoid travel to affected areas. Continue reading

  • Books
    January 19, 2016  

    A rapidly expanding medical program for low-income first-time mothers combines social services with the latest in brain science. The Nurse-Family Partnership provides in-home advice on health and parenting, which can lead to improved cognitive development and language skills for their children, who are showing up to school better prepared for learning. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports. Continue reading

  • Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are studied at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Sao Paulo University in Brazil on Jan. 8. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images
    January 18, 2016   BY Larisa Epatko 

    The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness predominately in Central and South America, but outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Americas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading

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