Zika To Spread To United States Says WHO

Posted: Jan 25 2016, 6:04am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Zika to Spread to United States Says WHO
A woman walks through the fumes as Health Ministry employee fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Soyapango, six km east of San Salvador, on January 21, 2016. Health authorities have issued a national alert against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, because of the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome in fetuses. AFP PHOTO/Marvin RECINOS / AFP / Marvin RECINOS (Photo credit should read MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)

The WHO says that the Zika virus will spread through the Americas.

The Zika Virus will spread throughout the whole Americas including the United States says the WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. The only excepted countries are Canada and Chile.

Dr. Chan said today at the 138th WHO Executive Board Session: "The explosive spread of Zika virus to new geographical areas, w/ little population immunity, is another cause for concern. Although a causal link between Zika in pregnancy & microcephaly has not been established, the circumstantial evidence is worrisome. I thank all affected countries for detecting Zika quickly, promptly & transparently notifying WHO in line w/ Intl Health Reg."

We already reported in early January that the Zika virus is seen to spread to the United States. It is just a matter of time. The new WHO statement is a sign of urgency that the Zika virus is moving fast.

The Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly. This is a condition in which baby’s skull and brain are too small. Brazil has reported 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly, the WHO said last Friday, over 30 times more than had been reported in any year since 2010.

Zika began its epidemic journey in Uganda. It was named after the Zika Forest. In May of 2015, the disease has spread to Brazil via the Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the virus.

The Zika virus has invaded 21 countries since it arrived in Brazil. The WHO is presenting plans to fight the Zika outbreak later this week.

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