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​The virus does not always present noticeable symptoms, but can cause birth defects – and that’s why the Brazilian medical community is discouraging all pregnancies at this time. The epidemic has also spread to the South Pacific and Asia, and may reach as far as North America as well.

Zika fever can be especially hard to detect due to the dearth of symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms may only suffer from fever, joint pain, and rash. 

The virus, transmitted by mosquito bite, is suspected of causing the 2,400 cases of alleged newborn microcephaly reported this year by Brazil alone, with a whopping 900 cases in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. Last year, there were only 147 cases throughout the country. 

Microcephaly can cause a fetus to suffer from an underdeveloped cranium and brain; while it can sometimes cause death, it nearly always guarantees the need for permanent medical supervision.

Brazilian health officials worry that the outbreak may cause an entire generation of affected youth. This, combined with a drop in the labor force due to a microcephaly epidemic, could potentially be disastrous for the Brazilian economy.

Zika fever is transferred by the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito; that’s the same type responsible for spreading the yellow and dengue fevers. In North America, the Aedes aegypti mosquito is found in Florida, Texas, and Hawaii.

What Do You Think?

Are you worried about the spread of Zika fever? Although it’s not spread by person-to-person contact, vectors that carry viral diseases have been transported by air and other methods in the past.

I’d love to hear your thoughts (and concerns) about this outbreak, so feel free to share them with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Carlos Gamino

Mosquito-Borne Viral Outbreak Threatens South America  - Carlos Gamino
​By Carlos Gamino

Over a half-million cases of “Zika fever” in Brazil confirm that the Zika virus – originally discovered in Uganda during the 1940s – is infecting people at a rate high enough to garner world attention once again. 
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Mosquito-Borne Viral Outbreak Threatens South America

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