Zika Virus on the Move

By: Payton Kizer & Nolan Slaght

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Facts on the Virus

The Zika virus "transmits the disease from one host to another." (partners.net) This virus started in Africa and has been spreading to around 48 countries. The virus has spread to almost all seven continents. Mattie Rush, from the partners.net blog stated, "The Zika Virus is thought to cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, which affects the nerves and can result in temporary paralysis. The virus has also been linked to microcephaly in infants of infected mothers, a condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads, and often other neurological problems." Many people wonder why the virus has started to spread so rapidly. Psiimpact.com found that "travelers bring it back from the country that they have recently visited that have the virus." While it is still not yet clear how to treat the disease, "researchers are studying Zika links and pregnant woman (psiimpact.com). Because there is no official cure for the virus, cdc.gov lists way to treat the symptoms, "get plenty of rest, drink fluids to prevent dehydration and take medicine to reduce fever and pain. GMO mosquitoes can help remove the Zika-carrying mosquito population by "eating the mosquitoes" (huffingtonpost.com).

Fun Facts on Zika

  • "Zika virus was first detected in Zika Forest in Uganda in 1947 in a rhesus monkey, and again in 1948 in the mosquito Aedes africanus, which is the forest relative of Aedes aegypti." (iflscience.com)
  • "According to research after the Yap Island outbreak, the vast majority of people (80 percent) infected with Zika virus will never know it – they do not develop any symptoms at all." (iflscience.com)
  • From October 2015 to January 2016, there were almost 4,000 cases of babies born withmicrocephaly in Brazil. Before then, there were just 150 cases per year. (iflscience.com)
  • Zika virus was discovered almost 70 years ago, but wasn’t associated with outbreaks until 2007. (iflscience.com)