A quickly developing heath crisis is threatening people all around the world, and it’s targeting travelers especially.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all, then you’ve no doubt heard of the Zika virus. While the disease was initially believed to only be a fear for pregnant women traveling through South America in recent months, recent discoveries by the World Health Organization have widened the number of people who be affected by the disease, beyond just infants. People affected by the disease could cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a disease that can paralyze patients up to six months. And while the odds of developing that side effect is extremely limited (Dr. Alberto R. Zambrano, Public Health Professor at Central University of Venezuela’s School of Medicine said it occurs “…for less than one percent of Zika cases…”), it’s still important to understand the possible ramifications.
This isn’t just a disease that threatens pregnant women and their children, but that’s pretty terrifying by itself. Just because this disease isn’t as dangerous some of the other outbreaks we’ve faced in the past few years, it’s still a concern. So be careful out there.
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