Baby Born In Hawaii Contracts First US Case Of Zika Virus

Posted: Jan 18 2016, 2:52am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Baby Born in Hawaii Contracts First US Case of Zika Virus
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  • Infant from Hawaii Contracts First US Case of Zika Virus

An infant from the state of Hawaii has contracted the first US case of the Zika Virus. The threat from this disease is very real for America and its people.

Hawaiian officials along with the CDC have confirmed that a mother and her baby have contracted the Zika Virus. Their residence is on the island of Oahu. This happens to be the first case of Zika Virus on American soil.

The little baby had all the symptoms of microcephaly. It had a very small head and will most likely face several developmental difficulties in its journey to adulthood.  

The brain-damaged baby is a just a sign of what is to come. The United States faces an imminent threat from the Zika Virus. And if measures are not taken to counter the disease we are in for a pandemic.

The mother of the child probably contracted the disease while she was in Brazil during the early stages of her pregnancy. Brazil saw the spread of the epidemic during the previous year. Some half a million to a million and a half people got infected. 

“We are saddened by the events that have affected this mother and her newborn,” said DOH State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. “This case further emphasizes the importance of the CDC travel recommendations released today. Mosquitos can carry serious diseases, as we know too well with our current dengue outbreak and it is imperative that we all Fight the Bite by reducing mosquito breeding areas, avoiding places with mosquitos, and applying repellant as needed.”

Zika virus has symptoms such as: skin eruptions, high body temperature, joint ache and discomfort and pinkeye. But it is by no means deadly in adults.

However, in children it causes microcephaly. Here the babies have very small heads and face issues having to do with retardation. The pandemic in Brazil was linked to a rise in cases of microcephaly.

Previously there was an incidence of 156 babies that had microcephaly in Brazil. But since the outbreak of Zika Virus, the incidence has increased to 3000 babies with microcephaly, according to HuffingtonPost. The virus seems to have a harmful effect on babies while they are still in the womb.  

The concerned mother in Brazil who had contracted the Zika Virus had informed the authorities who then closely monitored her. Her migration to Hawaii will not be a danger since the disease is non-transferable from her to any other inhabitant on the island.

“In this situation, an astute Hawaii physician recognized the possible role of Zika virus infection, immediately notified the Department of Health, and worked with us to confirm the suspected diagnosis,” said Dr. Park. “We rely on our exceptional medical community to be our eyes and ears in the field to control and prevent the spread of illness in Hawaii.”

However, the island itself is currently in the throes of a Dengue Virus epidemic. Over 200 cases of Dengue have already transpired. Dengue is transmitted by some of the same mosquitoes which infect others with the Zika Virus.

And the Zika Virus spreads in the same manner as Dengue. So it is here that caution is necessary. All the means of transmission of mosquitos will have to be finished off one by one if the virus is to be kept away from mainland United States. 

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