Referred By: Jeff Levitt, Civic Association Healthcare Committee Chairman. Chances are you probably hadn’t heard of the Zika virus just a few months ago. That’s because the illness was localized to certain tropical areas. But now it is spreading.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared Zika as a public health emergency of international concern.
Mosquito-borne viruses are not new; so, why is Zika such a concern? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has the potential of spreading to areas where residents have not developed any immunity. There is also no vaccine or treatment. Zika is also associated with serious complications like birth malformations and neurological syndromes. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.