By Elle Carlos |Staff Writer| The Zika virus outbreak, originating in Brazil, has spread to more than 30 countries. Meanwhile, scientists look to determine its connection to birth defects and a vaccine. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the potential link between the virus and neurological disorders, microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, can be confirmed within weeks. Microcephaly is a birth defect that causes infants to be born with abnormally small heads and developmental issues. Guillain-Barre syndrome, is a neurological disorder that causes paralysis. As stated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms for … [Read more...] about Zika Virus spreads
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Hide your kids! Hide your wife! Hide your husband! A virus called Zika (just like Ebola and the swine flu) is coming to take us all away—or that's what the media is telling us. However, I disagree. The media is only using this virus as a means of getting traffic on their website because in fact, the virus is not a big deal—AT ALL—at least in the U.S. Within the past month there have been a total of 52 Zika virus cases in the U.S., all of them are from people traveling in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, according to Center for Disease Control (CDC). There has not be a single case yet of someone acquiring it … [Read more...] about Zika virus: to take over world or scare straight?
Chris Cauhapé |Staff Writer| Worldwide, "nearly 7,000,000 people get a mosquito borne illness each year resulting in greater than 1,000,000 deaths," according to Oxitec. There are two species of mosquito that spread Zika Fever. In order to spread the virus, they must first bite an infected human and transmit it to another with a subsequent bite. These two mosquito species, Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus, are ominously known as the Yellow Fever and the Asian Tiger mosquito. They are black with white stripes—hence "tiger." Not only do they spread yellow fever, they are also responsible for the spread of the chikungunya virus, dengue, Eastern equine encephalitis and the West … [Read more...] about Zika Virus