Dispatches: Zika Warnings Versus Realities Women Face

A woman walks away from her apartment as health workers fumigates the Altos del Cerro neighborhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador January 21, 2016.

A woman walks away from her apartment as health workers fumigates the Altos del Cerro neighborhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador January 21, 2016.

The rapid spread of the Zika virus has raised concern among public health officials across the Americas. The World Health Organization warned Sunday that the virus is likely to spread further across the region.

At first glance, the virus is not notably different from diseases such as yellow fever,chikungunya, or Dengue – all transmitted by the same Aedes mosquito. In one out of five affected people, it causes a mild fever, headaches, and chills. It may also be linked to a paralysis related to Guillain-Barré syndrome. But Brazilian doctors have noticed more and more cases of a congenital birth defect called microcephaly – in which the brain and head are underdeveloped. Zika virus is possibly linked to the birth of thousands of babies with this condition in Brazil.

Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια εδώ https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/26/dispatches-zika-warnings-versus-realities-women-face

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