Monday, 25 July 2016

Researchers predict more than 1.6million pregnant women could get infected with Zika virus

Researchers have said that Zika virus spread will reduce within three years as human immune systems adapt to the infection.
But before it finally goes about 1.6million pregnant women will be infected.

But a another new research shows that about million infections will be recorded.In Latin America about 1.6million women of child bearing age are vulnerable to catching the infection. 

This includes Rio de Janeiro which is one of the highest risk cities in the continent. Professor Andrew Tatem,the lead author of the US,British and French study reveals that they are early estimation of Zika's devastating impact.

 Last week a woman in Miami Florida was diagnosed with Zika despite not travelling to a a Zika infected region or having sex with a Zika infected person.The case sparked an investigation which is trying to find out if mosquitoes were the cause as they might have picked up the virus. 

According to dailymail, until now the mosquito species Aedes aegypti had been identified as the main transmitter of Zika infections. However Brazilian scientist hae discovered the Culex quique

Professor Tatum told Daily Mail Online the impact on the US is very uncertain given the region's different health systems, wealth, and environments from most of the affected areas in Latin America.

The study's findings come just a week after a surge in fears that the virus could have reached the US. 
Last week, a woman in Miami, Florida, was diagnosed with the virus despite not having traveled to a Zika-infected region or having sex with a Zika-infected person. 
The case sparked an investigation, which is ongoing, into whether US mosquitoes have picked up the virus.  

Furthermore, a Brazilian research team last week revealed that Zika has been spotted in another much more common species of mosquito - which is far more prevalent in America.  

The alarming finding could make it difficult to limit the spread of the virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects as it sweeps rapidly through the Americas.fasciatus mosquito can carry the virus.

The Culex is 20times more common than the Aedes aegypti - the bug which transmits dengue fever and Chikungunya.


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