Sixty percent of America is at risk to get the zika virus. It’s heading our way with several cases reported in border states like Texas. With the flood of illegals freely crossing our border, Americans are being put at risk for the zika virus. Pregnant women are the ones who need to be careful. The zika virus may cause birth defects in babies of moms who contracted the virus during pregnancy.
UNITED NATIONS – In the wake of the World Health Organization’s decision Monday to declare the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil an international health emergency, a glance at available evidence suggests open borders contribute to the vulnerability of the United States to the virus.
In November 2014, WND reported dengue hemorrhagic fever had joined Chagas disease, Enterovirus D-68 and Chikungunya – as well as drug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria – on the list of diseases brought to the United States by illegal aliens, including through the several surges of “unaccompanied minors” that the Obama administration had admitted without health screening.
In an international press conference Monday, the WHO director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan, made clear the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil had been declared an international health emergency because of a suspected causal relationship. The virus is responsible for a surge in a birth defect called “microcephaly” in which a pregnant woman infected with the virus produces a fetus with an abnormally small head and, in come cases, potentially debilitating brain damage.
In Brazil, more than 3,500 cases of microcephaly – more than 20 times the norm – have been reported during the current outbreak.
The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species, the same breeds responsible for transmitting dengue hemorrhagic fever and other diseases, including Chikunguya, a disease that brings paralyzing joint pain and yellow fever. Chikunguya has been reported in 12 states, predominately in the Southeast.
As WND reported in October 2014 the dengue hemorrhagic fever mosquito surfaced in San Diego and Los Angeles. It is suspected that the disease-bearing mosquitoes were brought in the clothing and baggage of the “unaccompanied minors.”
In a bulletin published on the website of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, last updated on Jan. 25, 2015, the CDC acknowledges the transmission of the Zika virus in the United States is expected to increase, not only from travelers returning from certain areas of Central and South America – including Brazil, the Caribbean and Mexico – but also through mosquitoes in the country.
On Jan. 26, the National Institutes of Health warned the Zika virus could eventually reach regions in the United States in which 60 percent of the population lives, with local mosquitoes picking up the virus from infected travelers and spreading it to other people.
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