How the Zika virus is becoming a problem

by alexebelec on February 1, 2016 - 12:47pm

Zika, a virus that has appeared recently n the Caribbean and also in Latine America, is a virus that is transmitted from mosquitos. It is especially dangerous for pregnant women, and is spreading very fast. To this day, there are perhaps twice more cases of this disease that there were at the end of November 2015. “ In Brazil, the number of cases has skyrocketed and health officials have reported 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly, a congenital condition connected to the Zika virus, since October” (Warzecha 2016). In other words, it effect the fetus, causing unproper development, leading some cases to miscarry and even death during birth. The children that survive have smaller heads and can have developmental problems.

However, in 2014, Brazil only saw 150 cases of this disease. “There are concerns the Zika virus could spread in the U.S. since the Aedes mosquito, which is largely to blame for the disease’s outbreak in Latin America, can also be found in southern states. There are also studies that have determined cases of Americans that have contracted Zika in some states, including Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas (Warzecha 2016). A theory linked to the virus is that the climate changes would be the key factor of the development of this virus, especially because of El Nino, in the Pacific Ocean. 

 

Article from the National Posts on January 21 2016: Zika Virus