Ebola, Lassa Fever and Now Zika Virus

It is quite unfortunate for nations to have started the year combating virus here and there with so much work yet to be done.

It is a moment of Joy for the people of Nigeria last year having been declared Ebola free on the 20th of October 2015. Well, Nigeria could have been a virus free nation but as fate will have that hasn’t been the case so far.

Lassa fever-an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus which first found its way into Nigeria in the year 1969 in a town called Lassa in Borno State; so pathetic the Arenaviridae virus family have also hit Nigeria was more this year. The outbreak of the deadly virus has spread to 17 states so far and has killed 63 people in six months.

Recently, we’d did tell you that a new Ebola case have been recorded in Sierra-Leone and the government of Sierra-Leone are working tirelessly in combating the virus.

You may probably be thinking this is all happening in Africa but I want you to know that Zika virus is set to spread across Americas. The World Health Organisation said on Monday that “The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile.”

Zika virus is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family and the Flavivirus genus. In humans, it causes a mild illness known as Zika fever or Zika disease. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Some other common symptoms are muscle pain and headache.

Though, Zika transmission has not yet been reported in the continental United States, Brazil’s Health Ministry noted that the virus(Zika) was linked to a fetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with smaller-than-usual brains.

World Health Organisation has warned that pregnant women planning to travel to areas where Zika is circulating to should consult a healthcare provider before travelling and on return.


Originally published at NoizMakaz.