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New HIV infections steady at 2.5 mn a year worldwide: Study

Nearly 2.5 million people worldwide become new victims of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) each year although deaths from the deadly virus have been steadily declining from a peak in 2005, finds a study.

Cancer immunotherapy may fight HIV too

A type of immunotherapy that has shown promising results against cancer could also be used against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, suggests new research.

Now a health hotline that can forecast dengue outbreaks

 A team of scientists, including one of Indian-origin, has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever as much as three weeks in advance by simply analysing the calling behaviour of patients to a public-health hotline.

Itchy inflammation of mosquito bites helps viruses replicate

The study, led by the University of Leeds in the UK, found that inflammation where the insect has bitten makes viral infections spread by the insects far worse.

Body's own defense against Zika found

A team of scientists has offered the first look at how our cells can "swallow up and quarantine" Zika, defending themselves against the virus' attack.

Confirmed! Ebola virus persists in semen 9 months after recovery

The results recall the importance of monitoring survivors in order to prevent the risks of new epidemic outbreaks.

New paper-based test offers easy, rapid, cheap check for Zika

A team of researchers has brought a cheap, fast and easy way to detect the Zika virus closer to reality.

500 million at risk of contracting Zika in Americas

 About 500 million people in the Americas are at risk of being infected by the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects such as microcephaly, a senior official from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) said.

Single antibody infusions found promising against HIV

 A single antibody infusion can protect monkeys against infection with an HIV-like virus for up to 23 weeks, researchers have found.

Global HIV drive hampered without drugs for ''neglected'' West and Central Africa

A global drive to help curb the HIV epidemic by 2020 will fail unless millions of people with the virus in West and Central Africa receive life-saving drugs, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Wednesday.

Factbox - Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. 

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Researchers identify potent antibodies against HIV

 Scientists have developed a structure-based vaccine design that can jumpstart an effective immune response to HIV by rapidly offsetting antibodies against the virus, which so far have been unsuccessful.

58 Zika virus cases confirmed in Spain

 The Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality confirmed a total of 58 cases of the Zika virus infection in the country.

First vaccine against Rota virus launched in India

 Aiming to slash the prevalence of violence-borne diarrhoea, the health ministry on Saturday launched the Rota Virus vaccine here, which will be available free of cost at public healthcare facilities, initially in four states.

Zika arrived in Americas in 2013: Study

 The Zika virus may have arrived in the Americas in 2013, more than a year before the virus was reported in Brazil, a genetic study has said.

New form of Ebola virus may cause disease in humans

 The Reston virus, a member of the Ebola virus family which is known to circulate in domestic pigs in Asia, may acquire the few mutations necessary to cause disease in humans and to develop into a novel health threat, researchers have warned.

HIV drug may check skin cancer becoming drug-resistant

 A drug prescribed for patients affected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is likely to prevent skin cancer developing resistance at the initial stages, suggests a new study.

After Ebola and Zika, this new virus is poised to infect humans: Study

According to a new study, a SARS-like virus found in Chinese horseshoe bats may be poised to infect humans.

Puerto Rico may face 100,000 Zika cases by year's end: CDC

Puerto Rico may be on the brink of a massive outbreak of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus which has been linked to birth defects, and cash is urgently needed, warned US health authorities have warned.