Zika Virus Scares White House: Deadly Virus Engulfs 30 States
The White House issued a dire warning to the public on the Zika virus as government health authorities expressed their fears which erased their previous beliefs on the virus.
Zika which can be spread via both animal and insect bites or stings and unprotected sex has grown on a larger scale on the U.S. as it has introduced itself to an estimated 30 states in the U.S. Previously, the government gave an account that the virus had a registry of 12 cases only which has now been considered to have crippled hundreds and thousands in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory near the Florida state.
Deputy Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Anne Schuchat expressed her concern, especially that the government lacks funding to prepare itself for a virus that has slowly spread like wildfire.
"Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought. And so while we absolutely hope we don't see widespread local transmission in the continental U.S., we need the states to be ready for that," the director laid out a worst-case scenario to Reuters.
Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also ominously pointed out to Reuters that he doesn't want to anticipate the horrible byproduct of this "funding crimp" of which may drastically springboard to more untimely government pillaging on other important health care research.
"I don't have what I need right now - we'll have to start raiding other accounts, and very important research in other diseases is going to suffer, and suffer badly," the director expressed his concern on Congress' stranglehold scenario on the Zika virus emergency funding.
Alarmingly, a recent research presentation in Vancouver has closely associated the Zika virus to the autoimmune disorder named acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which causes inflammation of both the brain and the spinal cord, according to a report from USA Today.