Zika Virus Spread Rapidly Through Americas

Posted: Jan 18 2016, 6:30am CST | by , Updated: Jan 18 2016, 6:32am CST, in News | Latest Science News


Zika Virus Spread Rapidly Through Americas
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The Zika Virus may infiltrate the Americas in a rapid manner reminiscent of many other pandemics. Thus it has to be stopped in its tracks.

The new scare in the form of the Zika Virus may make inroads into the Americas. It is known to cause birth defects. Even the United States is not immune to its ravaging effects.

As this deadly virus spreads throughout the region, precautions will have to be taken by the citizens. And since Brazil is to be the country that hosts the Olympic Games soon, it will have to take serious measures to counteract the influence of this disease. 

The Zika Virus is basically from Africa and Asia. It began its journey there and now it is spreading in the Americas as well. Here people who have not made any trips to other countries are contracting it too.

There is at present no cure for the malady. Once you have it, there is no way out of its clutches. The summer Olympic Games will be a time when the Brazilian authorities will have to be extra-vigilant regarding this virus.  

The illness is caused by the bite of a mosquito. The pregnant females who contract the virus invariably give birth to infants with developmental defects.

The #1 problem is microcephaly where the head is too small. This causes severe retardation in the development of the infant. The Zika Virus appeared for the first time in Brazil in May 2015.

Over a dozen nations have been devastated by this scourge. They range from South and Central America to Mexico. The incidence of microcephaly has increased by 20 times and is showing no signs of abatement. A case of a woman contracting the disease was reported in Puerto Rico recently.  

Many people who return to the United States after having visited Zika infected areas also contribute to the spread of the disease. The migrations and tourist destinations of people from Zika infected regions was also mapped by a leading scientist.

The global reach of the Aedes mosquito which causes the Zika Virus was also studied in depth. The epidemiology was all dependent upon the interaction between humans and mosquitoes.

Since no cure had been found yet, the only thing that could be done was to take precautionary steps. And these included mosquito repellants and quarantine of patients.  

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