Colombia reports first cases of Microcephaly linked to Zika virus
United States scientists have released news that they found a connection between Zika virus and babies being born with Microcephaly, a disorder where babies are born with very small skulls and underdeveloped brains.
These statements were confirmed on Thursday by Colombian health officials. “Colombia confirmed the two first cases of microcephaly associated with Zika,” Colombia’s public health ministry said in a statement. The Zika infection had begun spreading across Colombia late last year. Colombia is the breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the culprit that carries the virus. Brazil has reported over 1,000 cases of infants also suffering from Microcephaly.
“It’s clear now that there is a lot of overwhelming evidence that Zika has earned its place among the causes of microcephaly,” said Amesh Adalja, a senior associate at the Center for Health Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Now, Colombia is afraid that they have reached an Zika epidemic, with estimates that suggest over 200,000 individuals are carrying infections, but government officials believe that they could reach over 600,000 infections. Since the infection can be spread by sexual activity, Zika virus will quickly spread and cause even more cases.
Colombian health authorities are now suggesting that they have about 350 cases of Guillain-Barre, also linked to the Zika virus. Guillain-Barre causes paralysis and even death. This is a disorder that causes the immune system to start attacking your nervous system, which controls muscle strength.
Zika has even made its way to the United States; a woman gave birth to an infant with Microcephaly after visiting a Zika-infected country. Scientists are saying that 312 people have been diagnosed with the infection. 27 of those people are pregnant women who were travelling in between countries. So far, there has been a total of six cases of the virus being sexually transmitted.
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