As fairly recent as April 2015, the Zika Virus has been posing as a threat to pregnant women and infants’ health to this day. It was first detected in Africa back in the 1940s, but it now has spread to other countries in South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
According to a Straits Times article, the Zika virus has been linked to numerous cases of the birth defect microcephaly in Brazil. Microcephaly is marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.
Because of its serious health threat, ‘The World Health Organization advised women living in areas where Zika is being transmitted to delay getting pregnant, advice already given by several countries where the virus is in widespread transmission,’ the same report stated.
While The Zika virus outbreak may not have reached Singapore shores yet, it’s always best to be equipped with these important know-hows about this viral infection. Here’s a visual interpretation on what the Zika virus is all about, how to prevent it, and how to treat it:
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[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, VisualBest]