A new threat has arrived for the people of 21st century. Mosquitoes are blamed to carry another deadly disease for human being but this time categorically for the infants. The Zica virus is blamed for causing “deformities in new born children, it is ‘spreading explosively’ and could affect as many as four million people in America”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
WHO reports that the virus was detected in the narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. In 2014, the virus spread eastward across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia, then to Easter Island and in 2015 to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, where the Zika outbreak has reached pandemic levels. Today it has spread to 23 countries in the world. Currently it is a threat for the whole world. India too is enlisted among the countries under risk.
The government of Brazil, the severely affected country has declared emergency in several states. The have even requested their country women not to get pregnant in the contemporary period to avoid the inbirth defects of the future generations.
About 2,400 infants in Brazil were born with extremely small heads. This condition of small head is called Microcephaly which causes severe brain damage. The disease can even become a genetic problem among the future generations. The common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, headache, rash, joint pain, and red eye. However the disease is not so much destructive for the adults but it has proved itself dangerous for the newborn babies.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is yet to find the cause of the outbreak of the disease and is working hard to find a vaccine or medicine against the Microcephaly infection. The airport authorities are instructed to test the blood sample of every visitor from outside India. Travelers from the countries affected by the disease are specially checked properly in the airport itself. The WHO has even advised the pregnant women to protect themselves by avoiding mosquito bites.