Alarm Spreads in Brazil over Zika Virus

January 21, 2016By

A little-known virus spread by mosquitoes is causing one of the most alarming health crises to hit Brazil in decades, it is called the Zika virus. Officials in Brazil have reported thousands of cases of brain damage, in which babies are born with unusually small heads.

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The scare stems from a huge surge in babies with microcephaly (my-kroh-SEF-uh-lee), a rare, incurable condition in which their heads are abnormally small. Brazilian officials have registered at least 2,782 cases this year, compared with just 147 in 2014 and 167 the year before.
At least 40 of the infants have recently died, and some Brazilian researchers warn that cases could multiply in the months ahead. Those babies who survive may face impaired intellectual development for life.

The Zika virus has already reached several countries in South & Latin America, including Mexico, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that it could spread in parts of the United States as well. There have already been cases diagnosed in the United States, in travelers who visited affected countries, and the C.D.C. expects these instances to increase.

No one knows precisely when the Zika virus made the leap to Brazil from its place of origin in Africa. Some researchers think it could have arrived during the 2014 World Cup, when Brazil welcomed travelers from around the globe. Others think the virus may have come during a canoe race weeks later, when paddlers from French Polynesia, the site of a recent Zika outbreak, arrived in Rio de Janeiro.

This disease is spread by 2 types of mosquitoes, Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, both of which are found right here in South Louisiana.
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