Monday, 1 February 2016

Zika Virus

So, I just heard about this virus last week from MCJ yet, it has been a pandemic in South America and the USA.  I have not seen it on the news yet.  Why, I am really curious.

So, I read about it this morning.  It is a disease being transmitted by mosquitoes that go around during the day.  It is a different species than those causing Dengue fever.  The first case was noted in the 1950’s somewhere in Africa.  In the past, it was noted to be occurring mostly in the area near the equator belt.  The name is an African term, if I remember it right, that means “overgrown”.  It could be that this disease originated in the forest.

This disease can be spread by humans sexually.  The first case was noted in the USA somewhere in Texas when a biologist, who’s been studying mosquitoes overseas had unprotected sex with his wife before he was diagnosed to be carrying the virus. His wife then showed signs and symptoms of the virus.  It seems that the symptoms are not that dire for an adult person but the virus can cross the placenta barrier and can cause harm on foetus.  Babies who are infected by this disease can have cephalic tendencies.  Mothers who have Zika virus can transmit it to their babies. 

Cases have been noted in Brazil recently and has been reported than one percent of babies born bear the sign of this disease. 

This is a very alarming news indeed.  Now onto some light stuff – what do you think of frailing?


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