Widespread outbreaks of mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Caribbean and Latin America prompted Jamaica’s health ministry to counsel women on delaying or postponing pregnancy in fear of Zika-linked neurological defects in babies.
The first-ever US case of a baby born with brain defect linked to mosquito-borne Zika virus was reported in Hawaii but infection could have likely occurred in Brazil where the mother stayed last year prompting US health officials to issue a travel alert informing pregnant women to avoid visiting a number of Caribbean and Latin American countries and territories with high rates of serious birth defects caused by mosquitoes.
A pregnant woman who had contracted Zika virus in Brazil is the first to give birth to a child with microcephaly.
The CDC reported the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly is strong.
Till last year, there was no confirmed case of the Zika virus in the western hemisphere, but it has at last made an entrance in the U.S.
Health officials have confirmed the first case of Zika on the island of Puerto Rico.
An alarming surge in the number of infants born with brain disoders linked to mosquito-borne virus forced Brazilian authorities to declare nationwide state of emergency and advice women to postpone pregnancy plans.
Brazil is advising women not to get pregnant due to the potential dangers from the Zika virus, which is spreading across the nation.
Brazilian officials confirm after a test that mosquitos can infect mothers with Zika virus, leading to microcephaly in newborns.
Senior citizens are at the top of the list of people at risk for contracting and unfortunately, passing away from the coronavirus. This is in great part due to their weaker immune systems and common existing health problems associated with aging. As such, it has been highly recommended that seniors do their best to remain at home to reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus.