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By Robert Preidt

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Traces of Zika virus genetic material have been found in a second mosquito species, researchers report.

The main carrier of Zika is the mosquito (Aedes aegypti). But researchers have now found fragments of Zika RNA during genetic testing of Asian tiger collected in Brazil.

This doesn't prove that the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) can transmit Zika to people. But it does emphasize the need for further research into other possible carriers of Zika, according to study author Chelsea Smartt. She's an associate professor from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory at the University of Florida, in Vero Beach.

"Our results mean that Aedes albopictus may have a role in transmission and should be of concern to public health," Smartt said in a news release from the Entomological Society of America.

"This is found worldwide, has a wide range of hosts and has adapted to colder climates.

By Randy Dotinga

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When a bedside alarm goes off in a child's hospital room, anxious parents expect nurses to respond pronto.

That rarely happens, however, and a new study helps explain why.

Researchers found that nurses are usually quick to react when alarms are urgent. But, they're slower to respond at the end of the workday or when they suffer from "chronic alarm fatigue."

Also, having parents present doubled the response time on average, the study found.

But, delayed response time didn't threaten any of the 100 patients evaluated in the study, the researchers said. And just half of 1 percent of more than 11,000 alarms analyzed were deemed "actionable," or crucial.

"The nurses were overall doing a great job predicting which alarms were going to be important," said study lead author Dr. Christopher Bonafide, an assistant professor of pediatrics with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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