Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Discuss Potential Threats of Zika Virus

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) recently declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the illness and its potential impact on unborn babies. The virus, which has been inactive for many years, was detected in Brazil this past May and has since spread to more than 20 countries in Latin America. The W.H.O. expects Zika to affect as many as four million people worldwide by the end of the year. Zika is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, but there is also evidence that the virus may be spread through infected blood or sexual contact. Adults who have contracted Zika typically display mild symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (pink eye). Symptoms generally last from a few days to a week and rarely become severe enough to warrant hospitalization. The primary concern over Zika is its suspected links to microcephaly in babies born to mothers who were infected with the virus while pregnant. Microcephaly is

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