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Transcript of ZIKA
The zika virus
The Zika Virus is a mosquito transmitted infection, most commonly found in Africa, Asia and most recently South America. It is known to cause birth defects.
Zika was identified in the late 1940's, in the Zika forest of Uganda. It never really became a huge problem until 2007, when an outbreak of it hit Yap island in Micronesia. More cases began popping up in other places, and another outbreak came in 2013, which happened in Brazil. It kept spreading and is still spreading today. It is currently in the news.
WHo it affects
Zika can affect anyone, but it is mostly well known for pregnant woman to be affected, as well as their babies.
Symptoms include rashes, fevers, joint pain, and red eyes, head aches and muscle pain. Symptoms usually last for a few days to a week. Symptoms aren't severe enough for a trip to the hospital, and people very rarely are ever killed from it. Birth defects are very common.
How is the body affected?
Zika hardly affects the body, but when a pregnant woman catches it, her baby may be born with Microcephaly, a condition in which the baby is born with a head that is smaller than it is supposed to be, due to under development of the brain.
There is no vaccination for the Zika virus yet, but there is things you can do at home such as resting and drinking fluids just as you would for a stomach bug or the common cold.
How is it transmitted?
The Zika Virus is transmitted or caused by mosquitoes, but has recently been found to possibly be an STD.
How are people's Daily Lives affected?
The symptoms of Zika impact peoples daily lives, as well as the fear of Zika. This disease makes everyone more cautious of where they go and what they do, due to the unwanted birth defects. The birth defects affect people as well, due to possible surgeries, and possibly even death.
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How many americans have been affected?
Not many Americans have been affected, considering that the virus is just now making its way into America.