With thousands of people expected to descend in Brazil for Olympics, the country is poised to become a springboard for transmitting Zika virus. The mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread like an explosion in the southern part of the American continent. With the international games scheduled to take place in the latter half of the year, it seems that most of the visitors will return home with the infectious virus in their bodies.
According to the international health officials, the cases of Zika virus are expected to cross the mark of 4 million by the turn of the year. The health officials will be deciding in the next meeting whether the condition is grave enough to be declared as a health emergency or not. If Brazil does not want to be the home ground for spreading infection, it needs to take immediate steps to curb its spread.
Zika virus more dangerous for babies
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Dr. Beth Bell said that although Zika virus does not pose a problem for many, it could lead to flu-like symptoms. However, it is more dangerous for the babies and causes a serious health condition known as microcephaly.
Due to this condition, the brain of the fetus remains small, and its growth is stunted. The World Health Organization has issued a warning after the rare birth defect spread like an epidemic in Brazil. The president of the country called for a crusade to eradicate the infections causing mosquitoes, as no medical defense can fight and provide a cure for the disease.
Extermination of mosquito breeding grounds is the only solution
According to WHO, earlier the virus was only considered as a mild risk for humans, but after discovering its connection with microcephaly it has become one of the most dangerous infections around.
President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff said since there is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus, the effort must be targeted at exterminating the breeding areas of the mosquitoes.
The United Nations health agency arranged for a special session to relate its stand and concern about the illness, which has made many would-be-mothers anxious and fearful.