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..
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