The Zika virus, transmitted by the aggressive Aedes aegypti mosquito, has now spread to at least 24 countries. The WHO estimates 3 million to 4 million people across the Americas will be infected with the virus in the next year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women against travel to those areas; health officials in several of those countries are telling female citizens to avoid becoming pregnant, in some cases for up to two years.
The Zika virus is already in the U.S.
“As long as the mosquito keeps reproducing, each and every one of us is losing the battle against the mosquito,” Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Friday. “We have to mobilize so we do not lose this battle.”
World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said, “The level of alarm is extremely high,” which is why they are considering declaring a public health emergency.
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