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A Year With Zika: How Zika Virus Was Handled A Year After The Outbreak

Update Date: Jan 19, 2017 10:27 PM EST
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It's been over a year since the world Health Organization declared the Zika Virus as a global health epidemic. Countless campaigns have been raised to fight off the epidemic, yet health care professional expressed their frustration as they claimed to have lost the fight against Zika Virus.

The Zika Virus, which came from a mosquito bite originated in Latin America, which eventually reached most parts of the globe including Asian countries. The World Health Organization already ended the virus' emergency status as it was mentioned that the epidemic is already controlled, but it did, however, leave a tragic aftermath.

Thousands of infants were born with microcephaly after their mothers have been infected with Zika virus. The birth defect causes babies to have small heads, which affects their brain growth. The epidemic may have caused casualties among thousands of women, but there was also the notable success that took place all throughout the fight against the virus.

New York Times mentioned that scientists are already on their way in terms of coming up with a vaccine against Zika and ways to kill the mosquitos without using harsh chemicals. Despite these negative movements, however, health care providers and some government officials expressed their dismay in regards to the fight against Zika.

It was mentioned that WHO may have declared Zika as a global epidemic on the first of February, but ended it early on November 18 of the same year. Another notable downfall that was mentioned is the people in the minority groups, those of which who lived in the slums that were unprotected as WHO focused on the tourists' protection.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already confirmed Zika virus cases in the United States, especially in Florida over the past months. CDC also listed safety precautions in avoiding Zika virus on their website as they continually fight to end the spread of the virus.

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