Brazil's Rousseff calls for war on Zika-carrying mosquito

Brazil's Rousseff calls for war on Zika-carrying mosquito

Aldighieri gave the estimate for Zika infections (including people who do not report clinical symptoms) based on data regarding the spread of a different mosquito-borne virus - dengue.

NY health officials confirmed a third case of the Zika virus in the city on Thursday, the same day the World Health Organization said the disease was "spreading explosively". The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Aedes mosquitoes are found in all countries in the Americas except Canada and continental Chile, and the virus will likely reach all countries and territories of the region where Aedes mosquitoes are found.

Rousseff's comments come after her health minister, Marcelo Castro, told reporters this month that Brazil for decades has been losing the fight against mosquitoes that carry the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. "In this response, this team is actually much larger and is in many ways the focal point of the activities", Tracee Treadwell, who is helping to lead the CDC's Zika response, said in an interview.

The absence of vaccines, specific treatments and rapid diagnostic tests for the disease means it has the potential to spread internationally. Brazil has reported 3,700 cases of suspected microcephaly that may be linked to Zika. "There is a need for greater awareness amongst community", he said.

There is no vaccine against Zika, and health officials don't expect to have a vaccine ready in the next few years.

The National Health Institute reported that Colombia now has 20,297 cases of Zika infection, including 2,116 in pregnant women. But as many as 80 percent of people infected never develop symptoms.

Brazil leader vows to win war against Zika-carrying mosquito
He said there have been a few reports suggesting the possibility that Zika can be transmitted through blood transfusions or sex. The reason we know so little about the virus at this point, Taylor said , is that it's been geographically confined until now.

The virus, spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is a mild illness with symptoms that can include fever, headache, rash and eye irritation.

The CDC recently recommended that all USA pregnant women consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus is spreading, including 24 Latin American countries. "Somewhere along the course we hope to have big pockets join us", Bogoch said.

If you want to avoid all areas affected by the Zika virus, but still want warm weather for your holiday, the best alternative are the Maldives, Marrakesh, Cape Town, Tenerife and the Seychelles.

All of the travellers had been in the Pacific Islands and eight of them had recovered.

Chan said that, where the virus has arrived, there's been a corresponding "steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads and in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome". "This deferral period is being introduced as a precaution, since to date, there has been no evidence of Zika virus transmission by transfusion causing illness in a recipient", the agency said in a statement. Although the spread is now limited to the Western Hemisphere, the Summer Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in August and the Special Olympics the following month.

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