BEWARE: Zika Virus Outbreak

The Zika virus has been reported with outbreaks in Brazil & Puerto Rico as it causes horrific microcephaly symptoms in your baby. It’s an infection spread by the Aedes mosquito. Learn more about how to stop this epidemic.

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“Global Aedes aegypti distribution” by Moritz UG Kraemer, Marianne E Sinka, Kirsten A Duda, Adrian QN Mylne, Freya M Shearer, Christopher M Barker, Chester G Moore, Roberta G Carvalho, Giovanini E Coelho, Wim Van Bortel, Guy Hendrickx, Francis Schaffner, Iqbal RF Elyazar, Hwa-Jen Teng, Oliver J Brady, Jane P Messina, David M Pigott, Thomas W Scott, David L Smith, GR William Wint, Nick Golding, Simon I Hay
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As the virus spreads through countries in South America, health officials are growing increasingly worried about its rapid growth. They say that the U.S. could be hit hard as 24 countries worldwide are seeing it spread at an extremely alarming rate. It’s the Zika virus, and there is no cure.

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Zika is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. It was first discovered in 1947 by researchers in Uganda that were studying yellow fever. During the study, they noticed one particular monkey was suffering from a different type of fever and by 1952, they determined it was the Zika virus. The group also discovered that the virus was transmitted by mosquitos via the blood. It wasn’t until 2007, however, that any major outbreaks occurred. But even then, while there were about 49 cases on the island of Yap, no one was killed or even hospitalized.

Major outbreaks began occurring in Brazil in 2015. Soon after, the virus started spreading all over South and Central American countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Haiti, Barbados, the Virgin Islands, Honduras, and Mexico. The virus has recently made its way to the United States as well, but only by travelers coming from the aforementioned places.

With the outbreak came the spread of the Zika fever, which is similar to the yellow fever, West Nile Viruses, and dengue fever. It causes rashes and fevers along with other symptoms including pinkeye and arthritis. These symptoms do not last very long, usually a week or less. However, health officials have recently discovered a possible connection between the fever and microcephaly; a dangerous neurodevelopmental disorder in babies resulting in a small, undeveloped brain that leads to seizures, motor function disturbances, and severe physiological effects throughout the body.

In the past two months alone, Brazil has seen nearly 5,000 babies born with Zika-induced microcephaly, 51 of which have died. There is currently no vaccine available to treat the Zika virus, so health officials recommend not traveling to countries where outbreaks have occurred. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that people delay pregnancies for the next two years while experts attempt to create a vaccine.

Additionally, health officials have been spraying pesticides to try to control the mosquito populations. They’ve also enlisted the help of the public by asking them to liminate all standing water that attracts mosquitoes, particularly in buckets and flower pots.
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  1. Andrei Tugade says:

    do comatose

  2. Heather Angel says:

    ummm and we just had the Olympics down in Brazil.. so.. will this spread around the world? its there a cure yet? … those poor people.

  3. Senpai Potato says:

    donald trump has an underdeveloped brain….guess he has zika virus.

  4. Jack ODonnell says:

    Glad I'm not in Brazil was going to go cause of the olympics but nah

  5. Terra Gaither says:

    HOLY SHIT, the intro ALWAYS scares me!

  6. Jemma Kennedy says:

    Fuck your intro

  7. demon alpha wolf says:

    im nkt tryna be racist but those travelers who our not born in the United states shouldn't fucking come here because now we got it children are even getting it they need to sit there ass down because theres no cure now it may be a possibility someone might give it to me like whats going on with people and this earth now in days

  8. LongLiveTheReptilians says:


  9. Te Arahi Harris-Birch says:

    i think they should cancel the olympics.

  10. Jim Charles says:

    underdeveloped brain. it makes you give birth to a politician

  11. Umbra CastAway says:

    So what you are saying is that all women should avoid having sex to prevent having slightly awkward babies.

  12. the reaper579689 says:

    well I'm not going outside anymore

  13. stampy longhead says:

    This is why it should NOT be allowed to travel if you're sick with a contagious disease, because just like it's happening all over the world, infected people travel to other countries and spread the disease, and I don't even know why… Soon the Zika Virus will be here in California and other states. DON'T. TRAVEL. IF. YOU'RE. INFECTED.

  14. Jericho of the Monsters says:

    I knew it it had no cure

  15. Adam Torrez says:

    Oh god even though I'm American I got mosquito bites the other day and a on my arms and my eyes got really red. Plz help.

  16. DeWafflez says:

    isnt this disease not able to spread by touch

  17. Lee Swain says:

    Not in uk

  18. Melissa Lee says:

    That's it I'm moving to Canada

  19. tra Henry says:

    do water snakes


    are we gana die from zika :(