Zika virus declared an international public health emergency by World Health Organization


The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency.

Most people in the contiguous u-s are unlikely to catch the virus, but if you travel out of the country it’s important to be aware of the risks.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that has spread to at least 24 countries. The World Health Organization estimates that 3 to 4 million people in the Americas will be infected in the next year.

The virus has been connected to microcephaly, a neurological disorder causing an abnormally small head, sometimes leading to death.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika or medicine for treatment.

Dr. Richard Wallace of infectious disease at UT Health Northeast, explains people can take precaution.

“The main thing is teaching people about mosquito, long sleeve shirts. There’s a substance premethin that kills inhibits the mosquito,” Wallace, said.

For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/


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