Some Cases of Zika Virus Found in US

Bre Williams, Staff Reporter

The Zika virus is spread mostly by Aedes species of mosquitoes. This disease can also be spread by sex transactions and blood transfusions. Zika doesn’t have very many outward symptoms. But you can experience a fever, rash, headache, red eyes, and muscle pains.

The zika virus is a very bad health issue for pregnant women, the child can have birth defects caused by the disease. The zika disease can result in something called microcephaly, which causes the brain of the unborn child to stop growing and cause the child to have a smaller head.

In the US 150 women have officially been tested and notified as infected with this disease. The CDC has confirmed 14 cases of this disease in Florida; the first child has had a brain, and different birth defects happened back in June 2016.

The best way to prevent this disease is to wear bug spray, don’t stay around areas where mosquitoes are, and eliminating standing water around your home for long periods of time.

You should try to stay away from areas that have found this disease if you’re a pregnant woman, as so far there is no vaccine or cure for this disease. If you have this virus you shouldn’t have any intercourse because this disease can be sexually transmitted as well.

Puerto Rico reports as many as 50 infections a day, also zika has been found in 67 countries around the world, and sadly the impact of the zika virus is bigger those other countries than in the U.S.

At the summer Olympics that were held in Rio d Janeiro, Brazil, many athletes expressed fear of the virus (among other things).

Many officials at the time said that “ there was no need to cancel or postpone” the Olympics because of this disease, and also some health experts that said zika “will not spread” because of the Olympics as well.

Brazil has a very high risk of getting this disease and many different people from around the world could’ve been infected and brought it back to their home country. It’s not entirely clear if zika did spread more because of where the Olympics were held.