The situation over the Zika virus gets worse than expected. As more infection cases arise, officials are still undecided on what measures should they take in order to solve the situation. The public opinion is that prevention programs and research should have been in progress and have more efficient results.
Zika is a virus spread by mosquitoes in Zika tropical forest (Uganda). The first case of human infestation in America was reported seven months ago (Puerto Rico). Ever since news of other similar case arose periodically. The virus struck men, women, and children, to an amount of 1,825 victims in the United States.
What’s more, pregnant women affected by the virus are likely to give birth to affected babies as well. Fifteen cases of newborn babies with signs of the Zika virus had been reported. Many of the babies were born with microcephaly, a disease which affects the size of the brain and its development.
People are worried because they don’t understand the lack of reaction from authorities and politicians. According to Quartz, the government doesn’t allocate the proper amount of money so that further investigations on the subject could be carried out. Quartz also points out that with similar past cases such as the West Nile Virus or the Swine Flu, officials reacted much more sooner. What they suggest is that this attitude could be related to political strategies, at the expense of people’s health.
If the cases of Zika virus infestation keep growing, the United States of America will be facing an epidemic.
The situation is even worse since doctors are taken by surprise by the way in which the virus works, and they still don’t know for sure how to handle the situation.
So far, researchers try to draw some conclusions on the matter in order to provide citizens with proper information. They claim that the yellow fever mosquito (which is to be found in the Los Angeles area) is one of the most likely carriers of the Zika virus. Doctor Vicki Kramer (Department of Public Health) wishes to be ready if the situation gets worse:
“We do anticipate the abundance of distribution will continue to increase. We are at the peak time of year when these mosquitoes are active.”
However, Jared Dever (Vector Control District) assures people that yellow fever mosquitoes don’t tend to wonder on large areas:
“These mosquitoes just don’t fly very far.”
Researchers also inform that mosquitoes are active during the day, and they can spread the virus.
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