- The Zika Virus was first discovered in 1947 in the Zika Forest of Uganda, but no outbreak had occurred since until May 2015 [rewording: it had not spread widely or become an outbreak until May 2015 / had not been dubbed or officially considered an outbreak till May 2015].
- Very little is known due to this having been a neglected matter for half a century, seeing as it did not appear to be a threat or a matter that would spread when it was first discovered in 1947, and it only spread beyond Africa and Asia in 2013/2014.
- The Zika Virus is transmitted by female Aedes mosquitoes.
- Pregnant women who carry the virus could potentially be putting their babies at risk with being with microcephaly or, to demystify microcephaly, their babies could potentially have “unusually small heads and damaged brains.”
- It’s not a global threat or one that is heavily focused on with regards to death and rapid spread like Ebola. The main reason as to why it is being focused now on is due to the fact that it could harm babies in the womb of a carrier.
- There is no treatment (vaccine, drugs, etc.) The symptoms are quite mild and are seemingly not all that alarming, seeing as they consist of fever, rash, headache, muscle pain, etc. Therefore, the usual treatment or method as to helping ameliorate the situation is to get a sufficient amount of rest or sleep and nourishment.
- Up until 2015, the Zika Virus had been viewed as a minor or insignificant illness, seeing as it was thought to be isolated or contained in one area, thus presumably making it rare or a virus that could not possibly spread beyond where it was first discovered. Its symptoms being quite similar to a number of other illnesses make it hard for those plagued with the Zika Virus to differentiate it from the common cold or from the flu or other illnesses.
- Cases have been reported in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific thus far.
- According to scientists and medical experts, the Zika Virus is serious, but it is nowhere near comparable to Ebola, seeing as it rarely results in hospitalization and/or death.
- Currently, the Zika Virus is most active in the Caribbean and Latin America [South America].
By: Maya Abou El Nasr
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