- -Effects of the Zika Virus (PBS.org)
" You’ve heard about how this mosquito-borne virus is barreling through the southern Americas, namely Brazil, and how it’s potentially linked to microcephaly, a condition wherein newborns are born with shrunken heads and severe disability.
That’s scary, and many parents in the U.S. are worried about the disease gaining a foothold on these shores. The World Health Organization said Thursday the virus could infect up to 4 million people this year. Since the Zika outbreak first sprouted in Brazil in May 2015, the country has notched around 4,000 cases of microcephaly. Before 2015, the country had fewer than 200 cases per year. 02-16
- Zika Virus and Buillian-Barre Syndrome (Time.com)
"In addition to the abnormally small heads and associated brain damage that characterizes microcephaly, experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently completed the initial stages of a trial looking at the connection between Zika and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). With GBS, the immune system goes array and starts attacking the body’s nerves, which leads to weakness that can snowball into temporary paralysis. Sometimes the disorder can disrupt breathing." Sometimes visitors misspell as sika.