Zika Virus on the Move, Warning!
We are under attack. The Zika virus has begun to take over the population and US scientists say it could take about 10 years to test the vaccine and have it approved by regulators. The question remains, where and when are we going to get our permanent protection from this disease?
The Zika virus is an extremely rare disease that spreads through mosquito bites, and the CDC, WHO, and many other scientists quote that this disease started to spread around 2014, mainly in Brazil. The symptoms of the Zika virus begins with fever, skin rashes, joint pain both in the back of the eyes and muscles, red eyes, fatigue, chills, sweating, vomiting, pink eye, headaches, and suffering a loss of appetite. Unfortunately, because scientists aren’t very familiar with this disease they can’t create a vaccine or specific treatment for Zika virus patients at this time. One of the large problems with this disease is that 80% of the people who are getting infected they don’t feel like they are getting sick at all.
Even though, there isn’t a vaccine some treatment can still help the patient, including getting plenty of rest, rehydration, and specific medication used to treat fever and joint pain. Because of the major outbreak with this virus, the CDC is advising women not to have children for roughly two years. The Zika virus is prone to causing children of those infected to be born where their brains are shrunken down, which can lead to severe bleeding and in some cases death. The World Health Organization is also quoting that this disease is “spreading explosively.”
Right now, the main cause of the disease spreading in the United States is that mosquitoes from Brazil are traveling to the United States and are then transmitting it to the general population. The Zika virus has contaminated 31 people in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and those who are infected are remaining isolated from the general public. Because the virus started in Brazil during May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO, issued a statement and confirmed that there was currently a Zika virus infection. They advised the breaking news to all women and quoted that this virus has lead to Guillain-Barre syndrome. Patients who have the virus are required to seek immediate medical care, lab tests, and lab imagery. The FDA has officially allowed the use of Gene Drives in Brazil and other countries in South America, but they have not approved the use of gene drives in the United States.
The search for an approved vaccine is very difficult, but gladly the research it is still continued by the University of Texas’ Medical Branch. For now, all we can do is wait and hope for the best. We are facing a disease that could make us all ill or result in death. Let’s just hope we can take down these mosquitoes one by one.