| Posted by My Super Nanny
Zika is a virus causing worldwide concern, after it was linked to a foetal deformation, known as microcephaly - where babies are born with small heads. Spread through mosquito bites, there is currently neither medicine nor vaccine to treat it. Outbreaks of the virus have occurred in the Americas, the Pacific, South-East Asia and Africa. So far, it has infected 1.5 million people since its first outbreak in May 2015 in Brazil.
According to Professor Dominic Dwyer, a virologist from Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, it is unknown as to whether any mosquitoes in Australia could actually be vectors, or carriers, of the disease. A few Australians have been infected by the disease, upon return from holidays in Bail and in South America. However, there has been no evidence to suggest that the virus has spread in the country, hence, Dwyer stresses that Australians should remain alert but not alarmed.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has urged travellers, and in particular, pregnant women, not to travel to the countries affected by the virus, including Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadelope, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Suriname, Tonga, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
This morning, the World Health Organisation declared Zika virus a public health emergency. If you, or your friends and family, are travelling to any of the affected areas, please ensure you/they are aware and well informed of the dangers of the Zika virus. Please keep yourself, your friends and your family safe.
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If you're looking for more information regarding the virus, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention's Questions and Answers page is a great source: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/question-answers.html
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