DAILY SIGNAL — The Zika virus continues to be a problem that must be addressed.
The mosquito-borne virus is now known to be transferable from human to human through sexual contact, even up to six months (it may be more) after developing symptoms.
It’s still unknown whether men with Zika who never develop symptoms have the ability to pass Zika through sex. This makes the malady much harder to track, and tremendously more dangerous.
Concern is growing among authorities as controlling the mosquitos is essentially an impossible task.
While not in the same category of virulence as Ebola, the effects of Zika can be every bit as tragic.
While Ebola can wipe out populations and become the sort of pandemic one sees in the movies—Zika is much different. Its symptoms are mild for healthy adults, and can often be weathered with little issue. Some with Zika have such low grade symptoms that they never realize they are experiencing a problem.
Touching body fluids, or coughing cannot spread Zika, which is “good.”
But the tragedy occurs when an adult is infected—by either a mosquito bite, or by having sexual relations with someone carrying the virus—and the newly infected patient is pregnant, or becomes pregnant. The chances of the unborn child having problems are unacceptably high.
In Brazil, between October 2015 and January 2016, 4,180 cases of microcephaly were reported, up from an annual average of 150 cases in the years prior to the Zika outbreak. Microcephaly leaves children of infected mothers with brains that never fully develop in their too small skulls. They often die, or are left profoundly handicapped.
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