The name Zika originates from a forest “Zika forest” in Uganda which was the first place where the virus was isolated back in the olden 1947. This deadly virus is quiet related to Dengue, Yellow Fever, West Nile viruses and Japanese encephalitis. This infection known as Zika fever often cause no or just some little symptoms which are usually similar to a mild form of dengue fever. Its treated by rest. Since the 1950s, its been known to have occur in narrow equitorial belts from Africa to Asia. Countries like New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easrer Island were places where the virus had spread towards since it spreads eastward across the Pacific Ocean between 2013 and 2014.
Up till now, there isnt a known cure for the infection as there isnt an official drug or vaccine that will curb the illness, As of February again this year 2016, there has been evidences that the virus affects women who are pregnant affecting their foetus with abnormal brain development which is usually from the parent especially the mother to the child. A recent case has been related to the Guillian-Barre syndrome as Zika is also filed to be one of the major cause of this syndrome.
In January 2016, an agency known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US had issued a travel guidance on affected countries. Also including greater precautionary measures for pregnant women and the advises usually come by asking them to postpone the journey. Other governments or health agencies soon issued similar travel warnings, while Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica advised women to postpone getting pregnant until more is known about the risks
Now, this is a very serious situation for the most anticipated game which many have been preparing for after a very long time. The Olympics game as we know it comes ones in every 4 years. Now, will this present one hold as the situation is nowhere near absolute resolution? We all keep our fingers crossed hoping things doesnt get really as tough as we might have thought.
As stated that the virus might affect the game, there are situations that might be things to consider by the federal government of the Brazilian federation. Since the case is so intense and there is a need for an urgent action to be taken in order to curb the situation. As said earlier, the CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States had warned and tried preventing citizens of the country from attempting to go anyhow to affected countries as this might make things get worsened. Not that it only increases their chance of having the infection but the spread is what might be another major topic here. So then there might be a better and much focus on the health sector by the Brazilians rather than the sports.
As far as sexual transmission is concerned, its been assumed that this same virus can be transmitted sexually. A case reported in February 2016 indicates the spread can also be sexually transmitted. The history dates back to 2014 when the Zika virus was found in the semen of a man at least two weeks and possibly ten weeks after he had fallen ill from Zika fever. The second case reported was that of a US biologist who had been bitten many times while studying mosquitoes in Senegal. Six days after returning back to the US in 2008, he fell ill with signs and symptoms of Zika fever but not before having unprotected intercourse with his wife who wasn’t out of the US in that year. She soon developed the syptoms of the Fever and Zika antibodies in both the Biologist’s wife and his wife blood confirmed the diagnosis. Another case reported was that in Dallas just this year 2016, reports was that someone had an intercourse with someone who was ill from the affected country and soon began developing the sings too although the case is still being investigated upon.
Fourteen additional cases of possible sexual transmission are under investigation.
It is unknown whether women can transmit Zika virus to their sexual partners. As of February 2016, the CDC recommends that men “who reside in or have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission who have a pregnant partner should abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use condoms during sex (i.e., vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or fellatio) for the duration of the pregnancy.” Men who reside in or have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission and their non-pregnant sex partners “might consider” abstinence or condom use. The CDC did not specify how long these practices should be followed with non-pregnant partners because the “incidence and duration of shedding in the male genitourinary tract is limited to one case report” and that “testing of men for the purpose of assessing risk for sexual transmission is not
Brazilian researchers say they believe that Zika, which has been linked to severe birth defects, came to their country during another major sports event — the 2014 World Cup — when hundreds of thousands of visitors flowed into Brazil. Virus trackers here say that the strain raging in Brazil probably came from Polynesia, where an outbreak was rattling small islands around the Pacific.
By itself, the virus is not normally life-threatening, and most people who become infected have no symptoms at all.
The big question is whether Zika is responsible for the huge increase in birth defects reported by doctors, hospitals and other medical officials in Brazil over the last few months. That connection has still not been proved.
Now as Brazilian doctors has been hardworking trying to find out a better way for a rsik free and successful for their game, its however still a better thing to keep updates within the health sector just in case you have the ambition of going to the beautiful country for the Olympics game this August. But you can keep updates as we’ll always bring you updates concerning the cases before the great game.