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‘One week left’ to pass Zika funding bill in US House, Democrats warn

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Calls mount for House speaker Paul Ryan to get funding bill on presidents desk before Congress adjourns for the summer The head of the Centers for Disease Control, congressional Democrats and the second-in-command at the Department of Homeland Security called for Republicans to bring a Zika funding bill to the floor again. The call comes two weeks after a measure passed the House around 3am, loaded with unrelated provisions Democrats called poison pills, and after the Senate attempted to advance a $1.1bn bill. Weve got one week left, said Kathy Castor, a Democratic representative for the Tampa Bay area, along […]

Congress’s failure to fund Zika bill fuels fears virus will continue to spread

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Government-funded clinical vaccine trials will grind to a halt by August without congressional action, researchers warn, as 1,300 have been diagnosed in US Congress left town on Thursday without funding any emergency preparations against the Zika virus. Frustrated vaccine researchers predicted clinical trials would grind to a halt by August. Local mosquito control departments, without federal resources, will maintain wildly disparate resources, leaving some cities and towns with $1.1bn for emergency preparations died in the Senate. And a House bill for $622m sank, Republican criticism that fueled a $5.4bn Ebola response before the 2014 mid-term elections. The virus, primarily spread […]

Up to 1 in 20 babies born to mothers with Zika have birth defects, report says

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Risk jumped to nearly one in 13 when mothers had Zika virus in first trimester, and study comes as the US prepares for mosquito season As many as one in 20 babies born to mothers infected by Zika have birth defects, a new report from by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. The risk jumped to nearly one in 13 when mothers were found to have Zika in the first trimester, the CDC stated. The report on more than 2,500 pregnancies across five US territories found 122 babies, or 5%, were born with birth defects from 1 January […]

What its like to be struck by lightning

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The long read: If you are hit by lightning, you are likely to survive. But what do hundreds of millions of volts feel like? Sometimes theyll keep the clothing, the strips of shirt or trousers that werent cut away and discarded by the doctors and nurses. Theyll tell and retell their story at family gatherings and online, sharing pictures and news reports of survivals like their own, or far bigger tragedies. The video of a tourist hit on a Brazilian beach, or the Texan struck dead while out running. The 65 people killed during four stormy days in Bangladesh. Only […]
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