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Babies linked to Zika also suffer poor eyesight

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An alarming epidemic that everyone should be aware of.

The dreaded Zika virus has arrived in USA. Health officials say a Virginia resident who traveled outside the United States has tested positive for Zika, a mosquito-transmitted virus. Another case was confirmed in Arkansas, according to the Associated Press. Originally discovered in Africa in the 1940s, the mosquito-borne virus has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache and there is no vaccine to prevent Zika or medicine to treat the infection. I understand that you’re worrie, continue reading this article to know more then effects of this dreaded virus.

Children born with abnormally small heads and brain defects linked to the outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil are also suffering serious damage to their eyesight and possibly their hearing, doctors said on Thursday.

Half of the 135 babies being evaluated at a rehabilitation center in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife have limited vision due to deformed optic nerves and retinas, and many are cross-eyed, ophthalmologist Camila Ventura said.

“Their eyes are scarred for life,” said Ventura. “Between 40 and 50 percent of them have serious eyesight defects.”

The babies are some of the 3,700 cases reported in Brazil since last year of newborns with a neurological condition called microcephaly that is associated with the mosquito-borne Zika virus sparking a health scare across the Americas.

The surge in cases of the rare condition is unprecedented and scientists have yet to prove categorically it is caused by Zika. But they know the condition will handicap the development of the children who will have to struggle with learning disabilities and impaired motor functions.’

In a letter to the editor published last week by the British journal The Lancet, Ventura and her team alerted the medical community to the eyesight problems found in Brazilian children with microcephaly thought to be caused by a Zika infection caught by mothers in the early stages of their pregnancies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the virus is “spreading explosively” and could infect as many as 4 million people across the Americas.

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