Should you be concerned about the Zika virus?
The next health care scare is here in the form of the Zika Virus. The World Health Organization has recently declared that the Zika virus, which has been a growing problem in South America, especially Brazil is now being found in other parts of the world.
It is transmitted by mosquitos and currently there are concerns about its link with the birth defect called Microcephaly, a disorder that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and brain damage. Not long ago, one of our Brazilian cousins had to abort a baby diagnosed with the condition.
According to the CDC “Zika virus disease is a mosquito-borne illness. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are a mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain, and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days”
Should we be worried about the virus? One of the larger concerns is that if the problem is not eradicated or at least minimized by the time of the summer Olympics, the virus can easily come back with people who visited and be transmitted by mosquitoes that are local, where the person who visited lives.
Check out this NY Times article concerning Zika.