Zika virus Guide and the race for a vaccine

 Over 3-4 million people could be infected with the Zika Virus

Zika Virus Vaccine

The race to develop a vaccine for the out break on the Zika Virus is on, with over 2,100 pregnant women in Colombia having been infected with the mosquito-borne Zika Virus which is rapidly spreading across the Americas.

VAEIB gathered from an epidemiology bulletin that there are 20, 297 cases of the virus confirmed, among whom 2,116 are pregnant women. we are yet to receive any reported case of microcephaly or deaths from the virus.

Global health officials say's that 37.2 percent of pregnant women with Zika live in Norte de Santander province, along the eastern border with Venezuela also affirming that these could lead to over 3-4 million people being infected with the Zika Virus which have been confirmed in 23 countries.
Meanwhile the government has urged women to delay pregnancy for six to eight months to avoid potential infection. Officials expect up to 700,000 cases, while scientist are all on the race to develop a vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika Virus, The US Government has advised men who must have visited the infected zone to "abstain from sex or use condoms with their partner for the duration of pregnancy" while visiting home.

The question then is "are you sexually exposed to the Zika Virus"?

Although active Zika virus has been detected in saliva and urine, the out come does not mean the virus can be transmitted through these bodily fluids says Brazilian scientists, these infection has been linked to thousands of suspected birth defects.



Next we'll be discussing questions and answers about the Zika.



Nations hit by the outbreak - AMERICAS?

World Health Organization confirmed 23 countries and territories in the Americas hit with the current outbreak, with Brazil being the most affected. Other territories include Barbados, Bolivia, Saint Martin, Suriname, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Venezuela and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico.


What are the symptoms of Zika infection?

A typical mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain and fatigue that can last for two to seven days has shown up in people infected with the virus. But as many as 80 percent of people infected never develop symptoms. The symptoms are similar to those of dengue or chikungunya, which are transmitted by the same type of mosquito.
But then is there a treatment for  zika virus?

What are other complications associated with Zika?

W.H.O says due to low  Zika outbreaks recorded back in 2007, little is known about complications caused by the virus. During an outbreak of Zika from 2013-2014 in French Polynesia, an unusual increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome was reported by national health authorities. Health authorities in Brazil have also reported an increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Long-term health consequences of Zika infection remain uncertain. Other uncertainties surround the incubation period of the virus and how Zika virus interacts with other viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes such as dengue.
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