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.