Zika Virus spreading in Americas: Latest update
Geneva: Zika virus is become all the more deadly in many parts of the world. It is also expanding pretty fast in many areas across the globe and you need to be careful about it if you are planning to visit.
In the meantime the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the intensity and the reach of the virus is expanding very fast and new areas are facing threat from it.
A report by the World Health Organization said that the virus “is now spreading explosively” in the Americas. The WHO in a previous report had said that the virus has as many as around 3-4 million infections in North America alone.
In the meantime it is being said that since last spring, over 20 nations have reported locally acquired cases of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and might cause birth defects. The main concern is the growing number of cases of microcephaly, a rare condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads and damaged brains. Reports of babies born with microcephaly have been rising in Brazil as Zika spreads.
On the other hand health officials in the US sought to reassure Americans, saying that the vast majority of those exposed to the virus never have symptoms and that the risk of a homegrown outbreak is low, largely because of more effective mosquito control. This week, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the disease centers, briefed President Barack Obama, and a team of experts from the C.D.C. is in Brazil working with the authorities. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the W.H.O.’s regional office responsible for the affected area, has been tracking cases since May.
Thus far it is not known if Zika is fatal or not. It seems to have mild symptoms. With inconclusive evidence that the virus is the cause of the birth defects and other ailments like a temporary form of paralysis called Guillain-Barre syndrome, health officials are cautious about drawing too dire a picture.
In the meantime CDC is coming out with more details about it. According to Dr. Schuchat of the C.D.C., many Americans have roots in Latin America, and with the rapid pace of modern travel, there will be many people who come to the US with the virus. At least 31 cases of the virus have been reported in eleven states and the District of Columbia, but all of those patients were infected in other countries.