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Me and You Gave Life to Zika Virus and This Is How to Take The Life Back

Updated on March 15, 2016

Have you ever seen how Vampires multiply (that’s if they truly exist)? Fist it starts with a single fall of Vampire from Heaven looking for who to devour. He roams around the territory of his newly found location just to find a creature that has blood flowing through his veins. Blood is the ingredient to make this creature survive in the new land. Once he finds an innocent soul, he runs to attack and off he bites. A bite from a Vampire is all that is needed to become one. Bit by bit, a multitude is formed. If the first Vampire was shot and killed on his first visit he wouldn’t have gotten new breeds. If you have never seen a bomb before in your life, you simply watch an explosive object till it blows up and even still wonder what happened-if you are lucky to be alive.

According to World Health Organisation, Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

I have highlighted the dates 1947 and 1952 in the above definition just to prove that Zika virus disease is not a new form of disease as exaggerated by scientists and media in 2016. History has it that humankind knew of this disease several years back but there is no record that it was ever taken serious by finding possible treatment.

Another fact that also proves Zika virus is not as new as the way it is currently portrayed. According to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Since 2007 Zika virus has caused several outbreaks in the Pacific, and since 2015 it further spread in the Americas. These were the first documented transmissions outside of its traditional endemic areas in Africa and Asia. Zika virus is considered an emerging infectious disease with the potential to spread to new areas where the Aedes mosquito vector is present.

The virus has created widespread anxiety in countries in the Caribbean and Latin and South America, home to thousands of foreign workers. As the scientific community tries to learn more about Zika — which appears to be linked to microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads — companies are trying to establish policies that juggle both personal privacy and potential health hazards. This is another way Zika Virus is displacing people from their work place.

If scientists and medical experts knew that Zika virus disease is a sporadic ailment capable of deforming the fate of an unborn baby, then why have they chosen not to carry out extensive research on its possible preventive methods or treatment early enough? Why is everyone now acting lost and perplexed at the mention of Zika as if it is a new type of disease. What if we had raised campaign for rapid response on every new disease that faces humankind?

It is so sad that this disease targets weaker vessels. It manifests more in pregnant women and tells more on babies by diminishing the size of the baby’s head which then causes brain damage to the baby. Why have we allowed this Zika virus to grow sporadically despite the permanent catastrophe it has on babies. Could this be because this disease does not kill? Or could it possibly be because it is a disease largely manifesting in women, hence not worthy of receiving so much research funding. Perhaps we can look at some of the facts for this disease:

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

The future is now. Let us save these kids from losing their brains. Write on your blogs about these diseases and talk to people to create more awareness. Instigate cause for action towards its eradication. Donate and support charity organisations as well as research centers who are working tirelessly to find treatments for the prevailing diseases. You are not totally free from Zika virus simply because you are a man. Support the weaker vessels and take necessary steps to ensure these unborn children are free from Zika, Help the women in the affected countries to go back to work and their homes by making a move to eradicate the disease. Take action now.

Zika virus disease is usually relatively mild and requires no specific treatment. People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care and advice. There is currently no vaccine available.

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