Understanding the Zika Virus and Its Effects
I know this site is usually about giveaways and fun things, but I want to be a bit serious in this post. We’re seeing an increasing number of Zika virus infections across the United States. Studies suggest that there may be more unreported – or undetected – cases, especially since a Zika infection doesn’t always produce visible symptoms. The University of Arizona and its Public Health department are working hard to understand the Zika virus and the way it spreads.
Aside from mosquito bites, the Zika virus can also be spread through sexual intercourse. This is especially true with pregnant women, with over 20 reported cases of infection so far. The virus will then be transmitted to the fetus, causing more severe problems and often leading to birth defects.
While the virus itself is not new, the recent outbreaks are clear signs that it is something to be more careful about. Make sure you take the time to read the full infographic, Targeting Zika: The Threat and Fight Against the Virus, by the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.