World’s leading economy, USA is now facing a set back as the mosquito generated virus “Zika” grounded its roots across Central, Latin America and Caribbean.
In 2015, health surveys across America collected data which directly linked rising abnormalities among new born to this incurable virus. These defects among infants are seen as relatively small heads and in addition causes severe brain damage to both infants and other infected patients.
Talking to media, Dr Margaret Chan, the Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO) has raised his utter concerns to this wildly spreading virus. Dr Chan said that the virus is highly dangerous for human life and is “spreading explosively.”
Zika virus which was initially founded in Uganda in year 1947 has now changed its course towards other major countries including USA, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, Venezuela and more than 20 other countries.
This mosquito affiliated virus is reportedly being caused by the mosquito species Aedes. The species has also given birth to other life taking diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. Early symptoms of Zika virus last for over a week and can also be related to Dengue and chikungunya virus, starting with joint pain, mind illness, rash, fever and conjunctivitis.
In Brazil, health facilities are putting in every effort to find a cure for this deadly disease. Health related programs have been run by Brazilian government to raise awareness in their locals on how to control this outburst.
Not only limited to infants, Zika virus is also very likely to approach pregnant women. Virus not only affects the birth of a normal child, it also reaches the female’s brain and causes it to shrink rapidly which can lead a pregnant woman and her child to death in no time.
El Salvador is among the countries which is fighting this disease. Government of El Salvador took notice of the situation only when 5,397 cases of Zika virus were reported there in 2015. Country’s Vice-Minister, Eduardo Espinoza said: “We’d like to suggest to all the women of fertile age that they take steps to plan their pregnancies, and avoid getting pregnant between this year and next.”
US department of health and disease control has also provided a travel alert for people traveling to countries which are being affected by Zika virus.