Epidemics have often rampaged through human societies, killing innumerable people. The latest epidemic one can think of is undoubtedly Ebola, which has claimed too many lives worldwide.
History has also given us plagues such as the Black Death, which have stuck in our memories for a long time. The dreads of an epidemic are severe, and we might have to face such a dread once again as the Zika virus continues to spread.
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The Zika virus is an immensely dangerous virus that causes a birth defect which does not allow the brain to develop properly.
The US recently pointed a finger at the World Heath Organization, accusing it of not taking a leadership role during the Ebola outbreak, that allowed thousands of lives to be lost.
Following the accusation, the WHO has taken up the case of the Zika Virus rather seriously. The Zika Virus is common in parts of Africa and South East Asia, but since 2007, there have been numerous outbreaks at other parts of the world as well.
Scientits worry that a Zika virus vaccine could take a decade to create.
The Zika virus makes the head smaller, causing distorted brain growth.
The Zika virus, like many other unwanted microbes, are spread by mosquitoes.
Pregnant women who're planning to visit tropical and sub-tropical regions may want to reconsider their plan, given the risk their new-borns might face against the Zika virus.