Saturday, 13 February 2016

Zika Virus Is Spreading Fast More Than 5,000 Women Have It In Colombia And Is In Nigeria Too

A four month old Brazilian kid with Zika virus
Just yesterday Nigeria confirmed a case of Zika virus but much info wasn't provided as how the person contracted it. Colombia government on the other hand just confirmed 31,555 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus 5,013 of which are pregnant women. It's particularly bad for pregnant women as the virus deforms the baby's head and brain as seen in the picture above.

I don't believe in conspiracy theory but this sudden surge of different diseases may make me look on the side of conspiracy theory for a minute though Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947 according to WHO

About Zika Virus by WHO

Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

Deformed back head of a Zika baby

Source: WHO

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