President Dilma Rousseff said on Thursday that Brazilian researchers were working with domestic and foreign laboratories to attempt to develop a vaccine for the Zika and dengue viruses. Health experts are unsure why the virus, which was first detected in Africa in 1947 but unknown in the Americas until a year ago, is spreading so rapidly in Brazil and neighboring countries.
Microcephaly patients have smaller than usual heads and their brains don't develop properly. The CDC said that the virus is a type of second-category notifiable infection disease that requires the doctors to report their cases within one day of its detection.
Cases are now being reported in four state: Illinois, Florida, Texas and Hawaii. In another note , the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) has recently issued a travel alert to American travelers to avoid certain countries in the Caribbean and Latin America where Zika virus outbreaks were documented.
Right now there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika and that's why the CDC is urging pregnant women to think twice before traveling certain countries in Central and South America, where the virus is prevalent. The Zika virus is caused by the Aedes mosquito . The health organization further advised that pregnant women who have recently been to countries where Zika is present to get screened for the disease.
In Brazil, Health Ministry officials said Wednesday that the suspected number of cases of microcephaly rose to rise 3,893. In Brazil, which is combatting a large outbreak, there has been a significant increase in cases of a birth defect linked to Zika.
The state issued a statement Wednesday evening saying all of the birds have been killed. The H7N8 flu strain was confirmed at a commercial turkey farm in Dubois County, about 70 miles west of Louisville, Ky., after samples from birds were taken when the farm saw a surge in turkey deaths, according to the U.S.