The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness. It is known to cause birth defects where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains. Baltimore could soon be the front runner in the battle of this virus. A special team has been created to study the virus and develop a vaccine.
The virus has created and international public emergency and has found its way to the U.S. There has been cases in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and D.C.
The GVN (Global Virus Network) which was formed nearly five years ago by Dr. Gallo. Dr. Gallo co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDs. He co-discovered the blood test that detects the virus as well.
Gallo: “Truth. That we give the information as best you can give it. It was said by some leadership not so long ago that this would not be a problem here in America or a serious problem epidemic-wise because of mosquitoes. Well, that was premature.”
According to the World Health Organization, “As many as 4-million people could contract the Zika virus by the end of the year.”
The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are a mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain, and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days. Seek medical care if symptoms worsen.