• Jasmine Luna

Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

Method of Transmission: This is a mosquito-borne illness

The Numbers: Currently there are 31 confirmed cases in 11 states around the country.

Symptoms include: mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain, and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye) these symptoms last 2-7 days.

Outlook for Georgia: Georgia may see cases of the Zika virus, and the state may have a higher risk of the illness spreading due to its mild weather and busy airport.

According to Craig Schneider, “Georgia health officials said they could not say whether the state is at greater risk for outbreaks, but an epidemiologist at the University of Georgia said several factors raise the stakes here.”

Warnings: Scientists are warning people in tropical climates and pregnant women that the baby’s head is likely to come out deformed. This virus can be spread by a male to his sex partner and onto the baby.

The symptoms aren’t so much the problem, the effect it has on pregnancies/future pregnancies is the central problem. If a pregnant woman is exposed, it isn’t known that she’ll get Zika. It is almost definite that the unborn child would be exposed to it. Zika causes a mutation in which the baby head will come out deformed. The baby would have to live with that forever.

My Opinion: I think the people in Georgia should be aware of the Zika virus because it is currently evolving in Florida which is not too far from our state. It has a big effect on pregnancy, not so much the carrier of the baby but the actual fetus. The busiest airport is held in Atlanta Georgia and people from all around the country go there.