When it comes to the Zika virus and the amount of people that are becoming infected with the virus this year, there is both good news and bad news. The good news is that the amount of Zika infections has dropped sharply since last year, and this is true even in areas that were heavily afflicted by Zika during 2016. Even the rate of Zika related birth defects has dropped sharply in comparison with last year’s statistics. These areas include much of South America as well as the Caribbean. However, the bad news is that the Zika virus is still very much a threat in many parts of the world, especially for those wishing to conceive.
When it comes to protecting an unborn fetus from the ravages of the Zika virus, it seems as though not enough precautions can be taken. This is due to the fact that many researchers are still not sure as to how the Zika virus damages unborn fetuses. Many questions concerning the effect that the Zika virus has on developing fetuses remain to be answered. For example, medical professionals are still unsure as to which stage of pregnancy leaves developing fetuses the most vulnerable to the most unpleasant effects of the Zika virus. All doctors can do at this point is to advise pregnant women to avoid areas of the globe that have been most ravaged by the Zika virus.
Sadly, many doctors believe that the uncertainties concerning how the Zika virus attacks fetuses will remain a mystery for quite some time. According to Dr. Martin Cetron of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this uncertainty concerning the science behind Zika is the new reality. There are many factors that are contributing to the lack of scientific progress being made towards understanding Zika. But the most damaging factor, as many other experts also believe, is the underfunding of Zika research on the part of various world governments, most of all the United States. The people of the world may have to wait for more prosperous economic conditions before more money can be spent researching the nature of the Zika virus, and until then, extreme caution is highly recommended while spending time outdoors.
Do you believe that a lack of funding is the only factor that has resulted in the sluggish rate at which the Zika virus has been understood?