The zika virus is a disease that is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The zika virus is a very new threat to the world. It is only in some countries right now, but it may continue to grow because of travel of people from country to country. Currently, it is circulating in Africa, the Pacific, Asia, and the Americas. Being a new threat, the virus has many cases of research being conducted on it. Research can help prevent, control, and stop viruses and diseases.
One of the conclusions from this research is that the virus has no treatments or vaccines. As a result of this, the virus is spreading rapidly. Dr. Margaret Chan, a World Health Organization director-general, told her organization, “The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty. We need to get some answers quickly”. Another conclusion is that the virus is very closely related to microcephaly. Microcephaly is a neurological disorder that results in the birth of babies with small heads, and the virus often causes microcephaly when pregnant women have zika. Researchers looked at the rise in number of babies born with small heads, and concluded that these outbreaks happen where the virus is strongly present. More research is being conducted still.
Inevitably ,microcephaly is not the only thing being linked to the zika virus. The paralysis inducing disorder, Guillain-Barre, has seen an up rise in diagnosis within areas where zika is present. This is very new information, and it causes researchers to believe the virus is causing this disorder. These two disorders caused by the virus make it more vital for this virus to stop spreading. Although they do not know how to stop the spread, researchers have ideas. Obama asked the Congress for 1.8 Billion dollars to combat the virus. The plan is to control the mosquitoes spreading the virus and to do more in-depth research on the vaccinations and cures for the virus. The virus needs to be stopped and that will take a great amount of money.
One other major question for researchers right now is if the zika virus can be transmitted through human contact. Every person who has reported a zika virus case in the United States got this virus out of country. Researchers concluded that this virus cannot be spread through people, but it can be spread from a mother to her baby. So, every case reported means the infected person got bit by the Aedes mosquito. There is no correlation in person to person infection. That is as of now, and researchers are going more in-depth to look at possible human transmission sources like sexual contact. They want to find out if sexual contact could spread something like the zika virus. Research will continue to be conducted.
Research on the zika virus so far has helped conclude outcomes/effects, prevention, and what needs to be done to take action against it. Although the virus is so new, we are able to collect a lot of info on it. Research will continue to look for vaccines and cures, as there are no known. Every piece of information counts, and when it is strung together, new things are discovered. The zika virus can be stopped and all of this new research is helping one piece of information at a time.
What preventative measures are being taken today to help prevent more people from getting the Zika Virus?
Are there any other diseases that the Zika Virus can cause?
What country did the Zika Virus originate in from the beginning?