The World Health Organization recently announced how Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in America. WHO director general Margaret Chan said It is “deeply concerning” the virus has now been detected in more than 20 countries and territories in the Americas since Brazil reported its first case in May.”
“The level of alarm is extremely high,” she added.
But, that Zika virus has not arrived Africa doesn’t mean that Africans should pay less attention to the virus.
However, BBC Africa’s Catherine Byaruhanga insinuated that the deadly virus might have originated in Uganda decades ago. She opined that the virus was first discovered in Zika forest in the East African state of the continent. The deadly disease is responsible for several underdeveloped babies brains experienced in Brazil since May.
Also, there are strong indications that the deadly virus is connected to neurological defects in new born babies.
“A causal relationship between Zika virus infection, birth defects and neurological syndromes has not been established, but is strongly suspected,” WHO said.
What You Need To Know About Zika Virus
• The virus is transmitted when an Aedes mosquito bites a person. The person automatically get infected and becomes a carrier too. The female Aedes aegypti, the primary carrier of Zika, is an aggressive biter.
• Zika virus belongs to the family of yellow fever, dengue and West Nile.
• There is no vaccine for its treatment for now.
• The virus has a link with microcephaly. Microcephaly is a disorder that leads to babies being born with abnormally small/ little heads.
• Fever, headache, rash and possible pink eyes are possible mild symptoms of the deadly virus.
• The virus is now being locally transmitted in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, and Haiti.
• The only way to stay safe from the virus is by restricting movement to affected countries/areas.
• The only way to push off Zika is to maintain a healthy environment by clearing stagnant water where mosquitoes breed, and protect against mosquito bites.