Significant over the last year as it swept through South America, the disease is regarded as accountable for a large number of infants born with birth defects, such as a remarkable increase in the reported cases of microcephaly. Currently discovered in North America, with alerts that it might discover its way to Europe this summer, the World Health Organization (WHO) has verified that the Brazilian strain of the virus has been discovered in Africa for that very first time.
The findings are of concern because it is further proof that the outbreak is spreading beyond South America and is on the doorstep of Africa. This information will help African countries to re-evaluate their level of risk, and adapt and increase their levels of preparedness,” explains the WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.
She also calls for African nations to raise awareness among pregnant women about the risk that Zika poses to their unborn child, how to protect against getting bitten by the infected mosquitoes, and the potential for its sexual transmission.
The statement tells us about how there are thought to have been over 7,500 suspected cases of the virus in Cabo Verde, the group of islands off the west coast of Africa. As the WHO reviews that at least three babies have now been born with microcephaly and it has included 180 pregnant mothers. Some experts, nevertheless, have recommended that whilst the virus was already moving at low levels in Africa, some teams might currently have an all natural defense towards the illness. In either case, the risk is too great to take, and preventive actions must still be taken.
The news headlines implies that full-circle has been ostensibly eliminated by Zika all over the world. Herpes was initially separated from the rhesus macaque which was placed out in the Zika forest of Uganda in 1947 by researchers studying yellow fever. Alternatively, a brand new disease was found by them, since that time, Zika continues to be producing its way all over the world via Indonesia, Mayasia, and India. The very first significant episode of the condition, nevertheless, just happened on the island of Yap, a part of the Federated States of Micronesia.
The current outbreak continues to be heading since March 2, 2015, when nearly 7,000 cases of suspected infection were reported to the WHO by Brazil. Since that time, increasingly more instances have now been documented from increasingly more nations.