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Catholic Arab Named 1st 'Miss Trans Israel'

TEL AVIV, Israel — An Israeli from a Catholic Arab family has been crowned the winner of the country's first transgender pageant.

Dengue Failures a Bad Sign for Zika Fight

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says that traditional insecticide spraying has had no significant impact in slowing dengue, raising major questions about how officials might stop the spread of the Zika virus, also spread by mosquitoes.

Study: Zika May Cause Temporary Paralysis

LONDON — Scientists may have the first evidence that Zika can cause temporary paralysis, according to a new study of patients who developed the rare condition during an outbreak of the virus in Tahiti two years ago.

Zika Virus Forces Tata Motors to Change Car's Name

NEW DELHI — The Zika virus has hit India's Tata Motors, which has decided to rebrand a new hatchback vehicle that it was planning to call Zica.

Zika Virus Sexually Transmitted in Texas

DALLAS — Health officials in Texas on Tuesday reported the first case of the Zika virus being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America — a person who was infected through sex.

WHO Declares Global Emergency Over Zika Virus

GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world.

Scientists: More Research Needed into Zika-Microcephaly Link

RIO DE JANEIRO — The release of new figures apparently finding fewer cases of microcephaly in Brazil than first feared is adding force to calls for more research into the link between the rare birth defect and the spreading Zika virus.

Brazil Fields 220K Soldiers to Eradicate 'Zika' Virus Mosquitoes

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's health minister says the country is sending some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects — but he also says the war is already being lost.

Zika Virus Likely in Most Countries in Americas

MEXICO CITY — The World Health Organization says the Zika virus that's suspected of causing birth defects is likely to spread to every country in the Americas where the mosquito that carries it can be found: that's everywhere except for Canada and continental Chile.

Zika Virus Linked to Rising Birth Defects

RIO DE JANEIRO — The suspected number of cases of microcephaly, a rare brain defect in babies, continues to rise in Brazil, reaching 3,893 since authorities began investigating the surge in October, Health Ministry officials said Wednesday.



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