Zika Virus Spreading To America

Angelique Kokal, Reporter

Recently, the Zika virus has been confirmed in 9 pregnant women in the United States. Out of the three women who have already delivered, one baby was born with microcephaly, a rare birth defect that can signal underlying brain damage.The virus commonly displays little or no symptoms and is usually spread through mosquito bites.

The Zika virus has now become an epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean. Because of this epidemic, the Center for Disease Control has issued a caution to people planning to attend the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro and to the people planning to attend the 2016 Paralympics in September. The CDC also suggests, women attempting to become pregnant should consult with their doctor before making their trips.

The CDC also recommends people to wear insect repellant in Zika outbreak areas and to continue to use it for several weeks. The reasoning for doing this is to prevent being bitten by mosquitos carrying the virus and to hopefully stop the spread of the virus to the United States.

Currently, 107 travel-related Zika infections have been diagnosed in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

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