Spread of the Zika Virus

The Zika virus hasn’t been seen as harmful until recently. It was discovered in Uganda in 1947 and caused small outbreaks in bordering countries as well as Asia. This sporadic outbreak has affected millions of individuals and thousands of babies. With flu-like symptoms, those who are mostly affected by the virus are pregnant women.

Zika causes serious birth defects and affects the brain development in fetuses, which is called microcephaly. Babies born with this eye-opening virus have irregularly small heads and underdeveloped brains.

Although microcephaly could be caused by genetics or environmental causes, such as alcohol and drug use, the virus differs because it attacks the fetus repeatedly, which occurs throughout all three trimesters.

Unfortunately, scientists haven’t discovered any new information about the virus and how to cure it but believe that Zika could be linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder in which your immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling throughout the body is a major sign caused by the disorder, but can escalate to paralysis. Those infected could suffer from the syndrome temporarily or permanently; sadly there is no way to predict it.

While fear continues to grow and linger, scientist, patients, and families hope to find a cure to save thousands of lives.

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