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Zika crisis growing in Brazil

Zika crisis growing in Brazil

Health officials battling the Zika virus in Brazil say as many as 100,000 people could have been infected in one city alone- Recife.

The virus, which has no symptoms 80% of the time, is blamed for causing stunted brain development in babies.

The connection between Zika and microcephaly has not yet been definitely established – but there is growing evidence, with traces of the virus having been found in affected babies, their mothers and their umbilical cords.

SYMPTONS:

  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Rash
  • Red eyes

TRANSMISSION:

  • Mother to baby during pregnancy
  • By aedes mosquito

Zika virus spread

  • Zika disease has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia, since 1950.
  • In 2014, the virus spread eastward across the Pacific Ocean to French Ploynesia, then to Easter Island
  • In 2015 it spread to Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, where the spread has been declared to reach pandemic level.
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