Frightening New Development In Zika Virus Spread!
As the Zika virus is spread mainly by mosquitoes, it has spread rapidly – especially in areas with high mosquito populations in close proximity to human populations. This coupled with cheap air travel, has seen the virus spread to at least 62 countries.
Survival Life has a new article on the latest developments in the spread of the Zika virus.
“According to the Zika situation report from the World Health Organization, dated April 7, 2016, the Zika virus transmission is confirmed in 62 countries and territories from January 1, 2007 to April 6, 2016. Previously thought of as only a mosquito-borne illness, sexual transmission of Zika is now confirmed in six countries: Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand and the U.S.”
It’s that confirmation of sexual transmission of the Zika virus that is so worrying now. While it seems the initial victim may still have to be infected by a mosquito, the spread of the virus by sexual transmission, means the virus can now be spread to areas with low or no mosquito populations. I put “may” in italics because it seems the method of the spread of the disease, seems to be changing rapidly.
For example, the sexual transmission of the virus seems to be from the male to the female as the virus lives longer in semen than blood. But who knows how long that will hold if the virus mutates. In addition, it’s now reported that the virus can be spread through gay sex. This opens the possibility of the virus spreading from a gay man to a bisexual man to a woman.
If that weren’t bad enough, the Centre for Disease Control in America reports the Zika virus is far more worrying than first thought:
“Most of what we’ve learned is not reassuring,” said Dr Schuchat at a White House briefing on Monday.
“Everything we know about this virus seems to be scarier than we initially thought.”
Why? Because the range of illness the virus causes is growing as is the method of its spread. A frightening scenario. Worse, at best a vaccine may not be ready for another few years!
The bottom line to all this is to now take the virus lightly and get pro active. Here’s my earlier post on what you can do to stop the virus spreading. And here’s my post on plants that mosquitoes hate.
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