The news about the alarming spread of the Zika virus has become viral (pun intended) on both the news and popular social media. With the virus spreading to more than 20 nations in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that it has become an international health emergency. Unfortunately, there are no treatments or vaccines available for this virus.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne infection that causes the infected victims to develop mild symptoms such as joint pain, rash and a fever. Death by the Zika infection is also extremely rare.
So what’s the big deal?
Well, the virus is linked to infected mothers giving birth to children with defects, specifically microcephaly – a condition where a child is born with an abnormally small head. WHO advises for pregnant women to stray from visiting affected countries and for women living in those countries to delay pregnancy.