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Transcript of Zika Virus
Mother's with Newborns
Vaccine / Protection
If mother's with newborns have
visited a country with experiencing outbreaks, Federal Health officials say the infants should be tested for infection with the Zika Virus.
Friday, January 29th, 2016
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What Is It?
Zika Virus is a Mosquito transmitted infection. It spreads usually during the day with a bite on the body. Although it was discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947, it is most common in Africa and Asia. It did not begin spreading extensively in the Western hemisphere until last May when an outbreak occurred in Brazil.
Areas with current or past evidence of Zika
Researcher's say people who are infected don't get sick but for those who do, they have mild symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. But, women who are pregnant may have different indications. Doctors in Northern Brazil noticed a surge in babies with the condition. The Zika Virus has a huge effect on babies. The infection is linked to deformed heads in their babies... a birth defect called microcephaly. Since Zika became regional in Brazil last year, 4,000 babies have been born with small heads and undeveloped brains.
Since the virus became serious, passengers on flights to destinations in Central and South America as well as some parts of the Caribbean are allowed to change their bookings.
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or cure for the virus right now because creating and testing normally takes years and it also costs hundreds of millions of dollars. But don't worry because the effort of constructing one have begun! Also, if you do have the infection, you need to get plenty of rest, drink water to stay hydrated, and take medicine to reduce pain and fever
Travelers are informed to avoid any contact with the insect by staying in an air-conditioned room, sleeping under mosquito nets, wearing insect repellent at all times and to wear long pants, sleeves, shoes and hats.
- Dr. Anne
The perspectives shown are authors who created the articles who have knowledge about the virus but also the doctors and researchers who have informed us about the effects and other things to keep us safe.
Perspectives missing are those who are infected especially the women with the effected babies there's probably a lot of emotions their going through. Also, the perspectives that are missing are the countries who are in danger because they got to change their life style in order to be more careful.