Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Pregnant women warned not to travel to Rio Olympics"

NZHerald: Researchers have linked the rise in Microcephaly, a neurological disorder in which infants are born with smaller craniums and brains, to the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease first seen in Africa in 1947.

The outbreak has spread with such speed that the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now warned pregnant women not to travel to Brazil and 13 other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean - potentially affecting thousands intending to arrive in Rio for the Olympics this August.

Meanwhile, women in Brazil and Colombia have been warned to take precautions against mosquito bites, and other women not to get pregnant until the effect of Zika on unborn children is better understood.

'The virus found the perfect conditions in Brazil: a very efficient vector that loves human blood, millions of susceptible victims with no antibodies, ideal climate, and lots of places to breed,' said Ricardo Lourenso, who studies tropical infectious diseases at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Institute.

1 comment:

chickelit said...

The silver lining is that this is a perfect opportunity for Brazil's pharma industry to take the challenge and to shine. This is something that we used to do well but are losing at.