Top facts about Zika Virus
Another contagious virus has struck the world. This time, it is Zika. Zika is a vector-borne virus carried by mosquito & humans but spread by mosquito bites. This virus has acquired its name from the Zika forests in Uganda where the Zika virus was first discovered. The World Health Organisation has ringed a global alarm the outbreak is ballooning at an extremely alarming rate.That’s why it is imperative to know some facts about zika virus.
A person of any age can get infected with Zika virus but the worst affected are the stillborn and newborn babies. The disease has been linked with a birth defect known as microcephaly, which sees children born with abnormally small head & brains, as well as a neurological syndrome that can cause paralysis.
Presently at least 23 latin American countries are suffering from Zika outbreak. Brazil is the worst affected from it with more than 3,893 registered cases. The situation in Countries including Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica, are so bad that the government has advised women to postpone getting pregnant until more was known about the risks.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel alert on January 15, 2016 advising pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Brazil as well as the following countries and territories where Zika fever had been reported: Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama,Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Though the mosquito carries the zika virus is found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world but the changes in the climate is spreading its range.
These are the some important facts about zika virus.
Top 8 facts about Zika Virus
- The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes and people but spread by mosquitoes.
- Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947.
- The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is commonly found throughout the Americas.
- The first live case recorded in a human patient in Nigeria around 1954.
- Unborn babies are most at risk from Zika virus complications.
- There’s no vaccine to protect against the Zika virus.
- The present outbreak in Americas is the worst such outbreak and more than 4 million people could be infected by the end of this year.
- New research has given evidence that Zika virus might cause a severe neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome.