4 Feb 2016

Zika

Just in time for Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago is set to import the Zika virus wholesale. Apparently, the Ministry of Health is willing to spray fete avenues, but not to screen incoming persons at the ports. 

The Zika virus is not a 'now generation' transgressor. Indeed, the symptoms may be milder than dengue, yellow fever or several other mosquito-borne diseases

"The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Now it also appears that the disease may be spread via sexual intercourse, as one case in the USA seems to suggest

Sadly, those who will be affected the most are those of the next generation, as the disease affects foetuses of pregnant women who become infected. The babies are born with smaller heads, a condition known as microcephaly. 

"The severity varies, but it can be deadly if the brain is so underdeveloped that it cannot regulate the functions vital to life.
Children that do survive face intellectual disability and development delays.
The World Health Organization is worried that Zika is spreading far and fast, with devastating consequences.
Declaring Zika as a "public health emergency of international concern" singles the disease out as a serious global threat. It puts it in the same category of importance as Ebola."
Sadly, I think that despite the 'reassurances' of health authorities of Trinidad and Tobago , the country is and will be unprepared for this, like Swine Flu and other diseases before it.

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