The first deaths related to the Zika virus were reported on Friday by Colombian officials. It seems that the infected people also developed a rare syndrome, the Guillain-Bare, and it ultimately caused their deaths. The three people are the first to die from a Zika infection.
The Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disorder which causes the immune system of the patient to attack its own nervous system. This leads to symptoms such as weakness and paralysis. The three people that developed the syndrome already had a sensible organism because of the Zika virus infection.
The Zika virus usually causes a mild fever in adults, the real threat being for pregnant mothers because the virus can cause brain damage and microcephaly in newborn children. The significantly small head of the children is often associated with mental retardation, respiratory insufficiency and defects at the bone levels.
Until now the Organization for World Health, WHO, considered that the Zika virus poses a greater threat to pregnant women, but after the tree lives that the illness claimed this week, the WHO representatives adopted a much more defensive attitude towards the disease that was, until now, considered to only cause mild fever and rash.
The biggest problem with the Zika outbreak and the thousands of microcephaly cases that were recorded in just a few months is that the countries in Latin America are highly catholic and they do not support abortion or contraception. In some of the countries, a woman can face up to 40 years in prison if she is caught during such a procedure.
The WHO urges the authorities in Latin America to allow the infected women to have an abortion. They are also trying to find a way in which the people of those countries could benefit from sexual education. It is crucial that they are better educated in matters of protection and pregnancy prevention.
According to the latest tests, it seems that the Zika virus can also be transmitted through saliva. Because of this, official authorities from the infected countries advise the people not to kiss, drink from the same glass, share silverware or do anything that could lead to an infection.
The most affected country of all is Brazil that has registered over 400 cases of the virus since October and more than 3,670 suspected cases. This compared to the total of 147 cases and suspected cases of Zika that were registered in 2014.
Since the first deaths related to the Zika virus were reported this Friday, official authorities are doing everything in their power to contain the spread of the illness.
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