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    The Zika Virus

    Zika Virus ‘Spreading Explosively’ in Americas, W.H.O. Says
    By SABRINA TAVERNISEJAN. 28, 2016


    The World Health Organization rang a global alarm over the Zika virus on Thursday, saying that the disease was “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as four million people could be infected by the end of the year.

    The global health agency will convene a special meeting on Monday to decide whether to declare a public health emergency. It is moving swiftly to combat this outbreak after widespread criticism that it had allowed the last major global health crisis, Ebola, to fester without a coordinated, effective strategy.

    Since last spring, more than 20 countries have reported locally acquired cases of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and may cause birth defects. “The level of alarm is extremely high,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the W.H.O., in a speech in Geneva.

    The focus of concern is the growing number of cases of microcephaly, a rare condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads and damaged brains. Reports of babies born with microcephaly have been rising sharply in Brazil as Zika spreads.

    Brazilians Face Zika's Effects

    Experts say it is too early to tell whether Zika is the cause of the condition, but there are indications that the two are linked. The government of El Salvador has gone so far as to advise women to refrain from becoming pregnant until 2018.

    Even as international health authorities sounded strong warnings, health officials in the United States sought to reassure Americans, saying that the vast majority of those exposed to the virus never have symptoms and that the risk of a homegrown outbreak is very low, largely because of more effective mosquito control.

    “For the average American who is not traveling to this area, there is nothing they need to worry about,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/he...smtyp=cur&_r=0

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    Rogelio Estrada | 29 January, 2016, 18:12



    Marcos Espinal, an infectious disease expert at the WHO's Americas regional office, said: "We can expect 3 to 4 million cases of Zika virus disease".

    Venezuela authorities have broken their silence on the outbreak of Zika in the South American country, and they're pledging to mount a public health campaign to slow the virus' spread.

    Anyone curious about how far Zika will spread need only look at chikungunya. Several states have confirmed the virus in individuals who traveled to areas where the virus is circulating, including IL, where health officials are monitoring two infected pregnant women. Zika doesn't do that.

    "FDA will also put in place recommendations to help maintain a safe blood supply in United States territories where the virus is present", Goodin wrote.

    The Asian tiger mosquitoes have an even bigger range and are found across the entire southeastern USA, into Missouri and Oklahoma and as far north as NY and into temperate areas of South America. The mild symptoms in adults, coupled with the low prominence of previous outbreaks, have contributed to the relative obscurity of the virus prior to its spread throughout the Americas. The virus can take hold if enough people become infected for it to become endemic - a word meaning it's in a region permanently.

    Another prevention effort is OX513A, a genetically modified male Aedes aegypti, dubbed by critics as the "mutant mosquito" or "Robo-Frankenstein mosquito".

    After Chan's announcement about next week's meeting, Gostin urged the World Health Organization leader to "mobilize global resources to curb the rapid spread of Zika worldwide, including aggressive mosquito control, active surveillance, accelerated vaccine research and travel advisories for pregnant women".

    "The possible links, only recently suspected, have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions", said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.

    Zika is commanding worldwide attention because of an alarming connection between the virus and microcephaly, a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally small heads.

    "This is a very remarkable and unusual situation", agreed Fauci, "because the other flaviviruses don't do that to our knowledge". That's especially concerning for pregnant women, as this virus has now been shown to pass through amniotic fluid to the growing baby.

    Health officials suspect that Zika is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil in which babies have small heads.

    Colombia's health minister has said the nation has more than 16,400 confirmed or suspected cases of Zika. However, Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly in infants born to women infected while pregnant.

    Earlier this month, the CDC said pregnant women should consider postponing trips to more than a dozen countries with Zika and advised women trying to get pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant to speak to their doctor before traveling and to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Antibiotics can treat a range of bacterial infections but the same is not true of antiviral drugs.

    The World Health Organization says China and other countries with dengue fever should be on the lookout for Zika virus infections. There's also no vaccine, for the same reason. But experts say it should be easy to make a vaccine against Zika.

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    Zika Virus And Soccer: What’s The Link?
    January 29, 2016

    Zika Virus may have spread through major sporting events, ABC news has said. Studies have pointed to the soccer World Cup in 2014. The experts have still not been able to zero in on the person who spread the virus, but a study published in June 2015 suggests that the virus may have come to Brazil when several thousands came together.

    “One plausible hypothesis is the arrival of the new emergent virus during the soccer World Cup in 2014,” the authors of the June 2015 study who closely studied the genetic sequence of the Zika virus have said. There is another study by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal that points finger at the Va’a World Sprint Championship. The championship is a canoe race where there were four participating teams from the French Polynesia, who could be the possible carriers.

    The Zika virus outbreak has caused a global health concern because of the upcoming Olympics in Brazil where several people from all over the globe are likely to come together. This would facilitate the spreading of the virus. However, NPR has reported that without further adieu, a study for a virus vaccine will begin very soon. But, it has been said that it would be years before a vaccine is found. The experts have also said that it seems unlikely that the United States would be affected much.

    The symptoms of the Zika virus resemble that of flu, Center for Disease Control (CDC) has said. The carrier can get joint pain, red eyes, fever and rash. Pregnant women infected with the virus can experience complications with the unborn baby. The virus has been linked to babies born with small heads because of a condition called microcephaly. The CDC has now made it compulsory for all states in the United States to report any travelers who carry the virus into the country, says Dr Anne Schuchat, the agency’s principal deputy director, reported NPR.

    The CDC says that this is not the first time Zika virus outbreaks have happened. Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia and Africa. In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization had issued alert about the first Zika virus infections in Brazil. The CDC says it’s still very hard to determine how the virus is going to spread overtime. But the good news for US residents is that no local Zika cases have been reported so far and it seems unlikely that it would spread far and wide. The reason being sited for this is that in cases of two similar viruses like chikungunya and dengue, the spread of the virus has been very limited. So, far 31 cases virus being brought back to the mainland have been reported. The reports have come from 11 states and the District of Columbia. However, none of the carriers have been known to spread the virus.

    There have been cases that are being reported in returning travelers. There have also been cases of Zika virus reported in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The CDC has said that with the Zika outbreaks increasing, the cases of virus among those returning to the United States will be on the rise. “There’s still a lot we don’t know, so we have to be very careful about making any absolute predictions,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In a briefing for reporters, he added that “we still feel it’s unlikely… we’ll see wide-scale outbreaks,” NPR reports. It has been reported that the NIH and CDC have been working together to develop better tests for Zika virus. The NIH has also issued a notice calling for researchers who can help understand the virus better.

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    February 2 DCHHS Reports Second Zika Virus Case in Dallas County

    February 2 DCHHS Reports First Zika Virus Case in Dallas County Through Sexual Transmission

    January 27 DCHHS Advises Travelers to Protect Against, Avoid Spreading Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika Viruses

    http://www.dallascounty.org/departme...sreleases.html

    DCHHS today reported two cases of Zika virus. One case acquired the virus through sexual transmission from an imported case that traveled to Venezuela.
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    Health Officials Confirm Zika Virus Is Spreading In America
    By Barbara Diamond

    If you haven’t heard about the Zika virus, now’s the time — especially since The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting its impending spread across the Americas. The Zika virus originates in tropical areas and is carried by infected Aedes mosquitoes. Expectant mothers are especially concerned since they can transmit the virus to their unborn babies, resulting in birth defects — i.e. abnormally small heads and microcephaly, a severe condition which impacts brain development.

    According to CNN, health officials in Texas announced “a case of the virus involving a patient who had sex with someone who had recently returned from Venezuela infected with the mosquito-borne virus. The CDC confirmed this as first known case of the virus being locally acquired in the continental United States in the current outbreak.”

    Now, travel warnings have been issued and pregnant women are being advised not to travel to and/0r vacation in areas such as Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Experts warn that all countries in the Americas will be impacted by the virus, except for Canada and Chile. According to The New York Times, the first case of brain damage linked to the Zika virus within the United States has already been reported, in Hawaii. The child’s mother had lived in Brazil was probably infected by a mosquito early in her pregnancy,

    Many people infected with the Zika virus may not even know they have it. According to the CDC, the most common symptoms are fever, severe rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. In the video below, Dr. Lance Talmage from the University of Toledo’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology says an anti-Zika virus vaccine will most likely be developed in the coming year.

    According to CNN, health officials in Texas announced “a case of the virus involving a patient who had sex with someone who had recently returned from Venezuela infected with the mosquito-borne virus. The CDC confirmed this as first known case of the virus being locally acquired in the continental United States in the current outbreak.”



    Above is baby Luiza, who was born with microcephaly and is linked to the Zika virus. Microcephaly causes the head to be smaller than normal.



    2015 saw an exceptionally large spike in the number of children born with microcephaly in Brazil, as a result of the mosquito-borne virus.

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    3 Oregonians infected with Zika virus but U.S. threat slight

    Three Oregonians are among 31 cases of Zika virus reported in the United States, but experts say the risk of a large outbreak here is slight.

    All of the cases are travel-related, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The three people in Oregon traveled to Polynesia, one in 2014 and two in 2015, said Dr. Richard Leman, Oregon public health physician. He does not know whether any of them were pregnant but all recovered, he said.

    South of the United States the virus is exploding, with cases from Mexico to Paraguay.

    Brazil has been especially hard hit. Health officials fear it may be linked to an epidemic of babies born with shunted heads and an increase of a neurological disorder. There's no treatment or vaccine.

    "Until now there's not been a lot of research," said Dr. Mark Slifka, a senior scientist at Oregon Health & Science University. His lab studies viruses similar to Zika, called flaviviruses. They include West Nile, dengue and yellow fever.

    The virus first popped up in a monkey in the Zika Forest in Uganda in the late 1940s, thus the name. Before this latest outbreak, people have become infected in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.

    Though first identified in a monkey, the Zika virus also uses mosquitoes as a host. Slifka said if the virus travels from mosquitoes to humans and monkeys and then back again, it's unlikely to gain a strong foothold in the United States.

    "You have monkeys in South America but we don't have a monkey population that could keep that cycle going," he said.

    West Nile virus has thrived in the United States, including in Oregon, because it lives in birds, giving it a wide population of hosts. Two types of mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus. Only one of them, Aedes aegypti, appears to also be able to carry Zika.

    This mosquito thrives in tropical climates. There aren't any in Oregon, Leman said. Though they do exist in the South, the United States has better mosquito control than South America, Slifka said.

    "We have window screens and air conditioning and we're able to spray urban areas," Slifka said.

    Still, pregnant women need to take care if they plan on traveling to any affected countries. Public health officials advise against it. But if travel is necessary, they should cover up and use mosquito spray. The virus appears to pose a particular threat during the first trimester.

    So far, it looks unlikely that people can transmit the virus to others though there was one case of a person infecting their spouse, Slifka said.

    "Right now it's mainly spread by mosquitoes," he said. "We have to wait until more is known."

    What is known is that these viruses are tiny. They only have 10 genes, Slifka said. They're much less complex than the malaria parasite, for example, which goes through different cycles as it passes from mosquitos to humans and back again.

    Zika is also harmless to most people. Only about one in five get symptoms, which are similar dengue fever: rash, joint pain and fever.

    But there has been an increase of a rare neurological disorder that physicians in South America fear may be related to Zika. Guillain-Barré syndrome causes a person's immune system to attack nerve cells which can cause muscle weakness and even paralysis. The birth defect, microcephaly, causing the brain to not fully develop in the womb, has mainly affected women in Brazil.

    With a world spotlight on Zika, Slifka expects to see a vaccine, just as there was with Ebola. An OHSU start-up, Najit Technologies, Inc., plans a vaccine research program. It has already developed vaccines for West Nile virus, yellow fever and dengue.


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    health officials in the United States sought to reassure Americans, saying that the vast majority of those exposed to the virus never have symptoms and that the risk of a homegrown outbreak is very low, largely because of more effective mosquito control.

    “For the average American who is not traveling to this area, there is nothing they need to worry about,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    DHH reports 2 possible cases of Zika virus in Louisiana
    February 11, 2016

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says they’re investigating two possible cases of imported Zika virus in the state.

    DHH reports that both suspected cases are from individuals who recently traveled to countries in the Caribbean. Results gathered from DHH lab tests have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. Neither of the Louisiana patients required hospitalization.

    The release from DHH did not mention specifically where the cases were located.

    Currently, the DHH says they’re monitoring several additional individuals who have recently traveled to the same region as the two existing cases. None of the individuals are pregnant.

    “We do not believe that Zika will spread from these suspected cases,” DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard said. “Local transmission of Zika by mosquitoes is very unlikely, given the weather and environmental conditions. The chances of getting Zika from a mosquito in Louisiana are very small.”

    According to health officials, the Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people through bites from infected mosquitoes. The mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person who has the virus then spreading the virus to others through bites.


    Dr. Ratard adds that experts believe the Zika virus can be passed from an infected person to another person via mosquito bites only during the period that the viral infection is in the bloodstream, a period of several days up to a week. While DHH says the two suspected Louisiana cases are outside of this one-week window, health officials have advised both patients to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is working closely with the CDC, health officials and mosquito abatement programs throughout the state to focus on preventing the spread of the virus. For more info on Zika, visit www.cdc.gov/zika/.

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    I wonder what the government is trying to hide by putting the attention on this Zika virus that Ebola scare sure disappeared fast

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    CDC director calls Zika virus in Puerto Rico a 'challenge and crisis'
    CDC staff and the Puerto Rican government have been working on strategies to protect pregnant women from becoming infected with the mosquito-borne virus.

    Wed, 9 Mar 2016-09:03am , San Juan, PUERTO RICO , Reuters


    During a tour of Zika preparations in Puerto Rico, Dr Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, called Zika a "tremendous challenge and crisis" and said protecting pregnant women from the virus is a top priority.

    In Brazil, Zika has been linked to a spike in cases of microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size and underdeveloped brains. "Until a few months ago, no one had any idea that Zika could cause birth defects," Frieden told reporters Tuesday at a briefing in Puerto Rico's health department.

    Frieden has been working with CDC staff and the Puerto Rican government on strategies to protect pregnant women from becoming infected with the mosquito-borne virus, which Frieden called a top priority. In Puerto Rico, the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries Zika is widespread, and Frieden said controlling it will require a multi-pronged approach involving government, municipalities, neighbours, families and society at large.

    Cases of Zika are doubling weekly in Puerto Rico, and the CDC expects hundreds of thousands of individuals will become infected, including thousands of pregnant women.

    To protect pregnant women, Frieden recommended using insect repellent daily and reliably. He also suggested adding window screens and air conditioning, where possible. And he called for reducing standing water in and around homes to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats.

    Evidence mounts linking Zika virus to birth defects


    Frieden's comments, delivered mostly in Spanish, followed two days of briefings with staff at the CDC's Emergency Operations Centre in San Juan. CDC researchers are monitoring the outbreak and studying the best ways to prevent Zika infections through education campaigns, and the distribution of Zika prevention kits for pregnant women.

    Much remains unknown about Zika, including whether the virus actually causes microcephaly in babies. Brazil said it has confirmed more than 640 cases of microcephaly, and considers most of them to be related to Zika infections in the mothers. Brazil is investigating more than 4,200 additional suspected cases of microcephaly.

    At the CDC's Dengue Branch in Puerto Rico, scientists are conducting research on the most effective mosquito control measures, and processing diagnostic tests from blood samples delivered daily to the laboratory.

    Dr Jorge Munoz, branch director, said in an interview they are capable of processing 400 to 500 blood samples a week. Scientists at the laboratory developed a triple test that can detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya - three different viruses carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito that is endemic in Puerto Rico.

    Late in February, the US Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency authorization to use this testing in health departments across the United States to sort out whether an infection was caused by Zika or one of the two related viruses.

    The test will be crucial in helping to quickly sort out whether Zika was the cause of an infection or whether it was dengue and chikungunya, which also cause infection and illness. "Puerto Rico is in a very different situation from the rest of the United States," Frieden told the briefing.

    Besides the high density of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, Puerto Rico has a lot of housing without window screens or air conditioning. "The combination of those two things, when you add Zika in, means the likelihood of a very large number of cases," Frieden said. "In rest of the United States, we may see clusters," he said. But if Zika behaves the way chikungunya and dengue have, "we will not see widespread transmission."

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    Zika virus: sexual transmission more common than thought
    Mosquito remains the main driver of transmission but sexual contact can also pass on the virus, according to the World Health Organisation


    March 8, 2016


    Sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought, the World Health Organisation has said, citing reports from several countries.

    After a meeting of its emergency committee on Tuesday, the UN health agency also said there is increasing evidence that a spike in disturbing birth defects and neurological problems are caused by Zika, which is mostly spread by mosquito bites.

    When WHO declared the explosive outbreak in the Americas to be a global emergency last month, it said that the evidence that Zika was responsible was only circumstantial.

    WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said “reports and investigations in several countries strongly suggest that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than previously assumed.”

    The US is investigating more than a dozen possible cases of Zika in people who may have been infected through sex.

    Dr Bruce Aylward, who is directing WHO’s response to Zika, said the cases seen so far of sexual transmission of Zika have been from men to women. He doubted sex would play an important role in the disease’s spread.

    “The mosquito is undoubtedly still the main driver of transmission,” he said.

    Chan also said nine countries have now reported increasing cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare condition that may be linked to Zika and can cause temporary paralysis and death in people of all ages. She said that problems connected to Zika, including Guillain-Barre syndrome, are now being seen not just in women of child-bearing age, but children, teenagers and older adults.

    Zika is also now spreading to new countries, WHO said. It noted local transmission has now been reported in 31 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.

    “All of this news is alarming,” Chan said.

    Despite the lack of definitive evidence proving that Zika causes birth defects and neurological problems, Chan said officials shouldn’t wait for definitive scientific proof before making recommendations.

    “Microcephaly is now only one of several documented birth abnormalities associated with Zika infection during pregnancy,” she said, adding that it can cause growth problems, injuries to the central nervous system and fetal death.

    WHO’s emergency committee called for “intensified” research into the relationship between new clusters of babies born with abnormally small heads and other neurological disorders. It said particular attention should be given to studying the genetics of the different Zika virus strains and establishing studies to determine if there is a causal relationship.

    The agency also noted it was important to continue studying whether other factors could be responsible for the jump in microcephaly and neurological problems, including whether several causes combined might be to blame.

    Aylward explained that scientists were focusing on diseases as the main suspect, noting the evidence seems “really compelling that you’re looking at an infectious process here.”

    So far, cases of babies born with small, deformed heads linked to Zika have only been confirmed in Brazil and French Polynesia, though officials say they expect reports from other countries once the virus has been circulating there long enough to affect pregnant women. Colombia has reported several suspected cases of microcephaly.

    “Women who are pregnant in affected countries or travel to these countries are understandably deeply worried,” Chan said.

    WHO recommends pregnant women avoid travel to areas with ongoing Zika outbreaks and that if their partners travel to affected countries, they should practice safe sex or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy.

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    The US government is monitoring almost 300 pregnant women who may be infected with ZikaIke Swetlitz, STAT May 20, 2016, 2:05 PM

    The count of pregnant women in US states and territories who have contracted Zika has sharply risen, thanks to a revised method for counting such infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. As of May 12, 279 pregnant women in the US had lab evidence of Zika infection. Prior data indicated 113 pregnant women had Zika, but this number didn’t include those without symptoms.

    Previously, the CDC only reported the number of cases in pregnant women who had a positive laboratory test result and experienced symptoms or pregnancy complications.

    “We think it’s important to cast a wide net,” said Dr. Denise Jamieson, who co-leads the pregnancy and birth defects task force in the CDC’s Zika response.

    Margaret Honein, another task force co-chair, said that the CDC is changing its reporting methods in part because of recent reports of women with Zika virus, who do not recall experiencing symptoms, giving birth to babies with microcephaly.

    The CDC has been monitoring these women for months, and started reporting the total number of women today. Honein, said that the CDC was hoping to start sharing this data a couple of weeks ago, but that took extra time to make sure the numbers were accurate.

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    As of May 12, the latest date for which data is available, the CDC reported that 157 pregnant women in U.S. states and 122 in territories are being monitored for possible Zika virus infection.

    Honein said that the majority of pregnancies being tracked are still ongoing, and that less than a dozen adverse effects have been reported so far.

    CDC officials said that these numbers are not comparable the previous reports of the number of women who have Zika virus disease.

    The women are tracked through two databases, one for Puerto Rico, and one for all other US states and territories. Updated numbers will be released every Thursday at noon, reflecting the count as of a week prior.

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    Zika Infected Honduran Exploits Immigration Loophole to Give Birth to Million Dollar Anchor Baby

    June 6, 2016

    Apparently, women who are infected with a serious disease and pregnant can sneak into America and have their child here, which grants them free treatment for the child and they can stay as a legal resident.

    The mother of a Zika baby born in New Jersey says she flew to America to get treatment after doctors in Honduras “underestimated” her symptoms. Now the baby is a U.S. citizen and it will cost at least $1 million to treat.

    Doctors confirmed that the baby was born with a Zika-linked microcephaly.

    The mother, 31, contracted the virus while in Honduras and flew to New Jersey to visit family and receive treatment a little over a month ago.

    She was admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center and she gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday who had visual and intestinal complications.

    Legal Immigrants undergo a vigorous screening process and if this anchor baby loophole isn’t removed, then it could prove disastrous for us all.

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    Rihanna didn’t cause the cancellation of Lollapalooza Colombia despite Zika-fear rumors: source
    BY Ethan Sacks - Monday, July 4, 2016, 10:11 AM

    She didn't stop the music after all.

    Rihanna has been taking flak for causing the cancellation of the Lollapalooza Colombia festival, reportedly dropping out over concerns about the Zika virus. But the 28-year-old pop diva was never actually on the bill.

    The singer was previously invited to perform at the festival, but was never available for those dates, an insider told the Daily News.

    Organizers announced Friday that they were scrapping Colombia's inaugural version of Lollapalooza, scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18 in Bogota's Simón Bolívar Park. "The organizers wish to express their deep appreciation to all the fans who supposed the festival since day one, as well as the sponsors and the media partners," reads a statement in Spanish posted Friday on the official website.

    Ticket holders are promised a full refund.

    Colombia's RCN Radio reported that Rihanna, a supposed headliner, wouldn't perform, leaving not enough time to find a replacement of equal star power. Disclosure, Lana Del Rey and Wiz Khalifa were officially on the Lollapalooza Colombia bill.

    The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel alert to Colombia, the second-hardest hit country by the mosquito-borne Zika Virus behind Brazil. Zika, which can also be transferred sexually, most often causes a minor flu-like condition and many who contract the virus aren't even aware they have it. However, it can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, abnormally small heads and developmental delays. But Bogota is 8,500 feet above sea level, making it safe from mosquitoes.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...icle-1.2698362
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