The dangers and effects of the Zika virus
by vincentrobert on January 25, 2016 - 3:16pm
Latin America has recently been affected by a devastating virus that has multiple impacts on various components of society. Effectively, the Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes through bites and it causes pregnant women to give birth to babies suffering from microcephaly, especially if the pregnant women becomes ill during the first trimester of pregnancy. It also causes symptoms such as suffering from fever, headaches, conjunctivitis, joint pains and rashes during a period of time that can last from two to seven dats. In Emily Smith's article on CNN "http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/25/health/who-zika-virus-americas/" it is stated that there has been a Zika virus outbreak that started in the beginning of 2015 in Brazil and that begins to expand in other parts of Latin America. The virus had originally appeared in Africa and then French Polynesia. The World Health Organization has issued an official statement saying that the virus is likely to spread in all but two countries of South and Central America. In reaction to this virus outbreak and its effects on a woman's body, the WTO recommended that pregnant women should temporarily not go in countries affected by the virus, such as Brazil, Ecuador, Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, etc. Governments of Ecuador, Colombia, Salvador and Jamaica even recommended to their own populations to postpone planned pregancies in order to prevent babies from having microcephaly.