What exactly is the Zika Virus? [infographic]

The Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947. It is certainly not a new virus, but it has never been considered to be a severe threat until now. There has been a lot of reported cases related to Zika virus infection and several cases of outbreak to anticipate. According to latest reports, Miami, Florida, is the most affected area.

 

Zika virus is passed from person to person through mosquitoes, similar to the way dengue fever is passed. The CDC also reported a possible infection to pregnant women and their fetuses through sexual intercourse.

 

According to the University of Arizona’s College for Public Health, the Zika virus has been linked to a potentially fatal condition in which the immune system actually damages nerve cells.

 

The Zika virus is especially dangerous to pregnant women because it can also cause microcephaly in newborn babies. The university is preparing its public health students to deal with possible outbreaks.

fight-against-zika-infographicTargeting Zika: The Threat and Fight Against the Virus infographic was produced by the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

 

 

Author: Group Features Editor

James is the Group Features Editor for Agenda Daily managing the business, entertainment, lifestyle, technology and travel sections. After completing a degree in law, he decided that writing was his first love and has been a journalist for over three years working in magazines, TV, radio and online.

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