The Threat of the Zika Virus

February 4th, 2016

The Threat of the Zika Virus

The Zika virus is the newest illness to cause concern and panic throughout the world. One of the most worrying aspects of the virus is its subtly. The virus has a two to seven day incubation period, meaning a person may not even know they have been infected until a week after they catch it. As the virus only show itself through mil symptoms similar to those you’d get if you caught the flu, it is also difficult for doctors to diagnose. In fact, most people don’t experience any symptoms at all.

The major concern in relation to the virus’ subtly is that it has been linked to microcephaly in newborns. If a woman catches the Zika virus in the first trimester of her pregnancy, there is a high chance that her child will be born with the birth defect microcephaly. Children born with microcephaly have a smaller head than normal, resulting in an underdeveloped brain. Many children born with microcephaly also have a shorter life expectancy. Officials are warning pregnant women to postpone their travel to areas where the virus is active.

Does the subtly of this virus concern you?

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