The risk of contracting Zika is still out there. Here’s what you need to know.
The risk of contracting Zika is still out there. Here’s what you need to know. The risk of contracting Zika is still out there. Here’s what you need to know.Zika is no longer this to read. It was 3 years ago, but, as we just saw, the documentary thousands are still feeling the impact of John thanks so much for being here so extensively. The question now is what, if we learned about the zika virus in the last 3 years found out that it can cause microcephaly microcephaly, especially in a pregnant woman, is infected earlier in the in the pregnancy. So that was one thing and then we learn this whole congenital zika syndrome, which is a adjust microcephaly. That was sort of the tip of the iceberg, right that which was so dramatic to see – and I remember being in – and I I actually saw these babies and – and it just takes your breath away. But then it turns out that they also a problem with their vision hearing with their joints. So there’s this whole syndrome and then they’re there developmental problems, problems swallowing and – and I just read a paper talking about you know – is there – is some association with the with cognitive function. Interesting things stand now with zika. Today I mean in a people, are wondering: what’s the risk, for instance, of Contracting zika now say that to all listeners who were wondering I’m going somewhere? Am I going to get zika to have to worry about it and you, Google, CDC space, zika space place where you’re going and it’ll tell you what it is active infection in the 2016 matically in 2017 and 2018 and it really went down to a trickle. But one of the problems and went and there’s some controversy of that, are we still looking for it as as vigorously as as we should be and n microcephaly? It seem to be concentrated largely in in Brazil, especially in the Northeast, and that epicenter wish. You went back to his fans that it’s much lower we’re, certainly not seeing the huge number case we saw on the past. Part of it may be burned out, maybe there’s immunity. Now we people have have got infected and then it got an immunity to it. But I would say: there’s an asterisk, you know you should let your guard down and you should always be checking if you going to a place, that’s especially if you’re pregnant, with your thinking of becoming pregnant on that vacation. I would I would be very careful of about the you know: it stay awake who, who had it when I was there is a sister one of the doctors at the ranch was very unimpressive a little sort of pinkish thing that you press it, and it said Of blanche’s, but yes, it can be quite mild and 80 % of the time people effective. They don’t even they may not even know it. So it’s very prevalent but isn’t sure and she was in one of these locations. She do. If is there anything, she can do what’s going to happen. So if you get those reported right away to your OB to your doctor, but you’ll get tested because everything that is a rash, isn’t necessarily zika and if you’re in one of the areas of you have to be there. You have to take precautions, which means that the stuff we talked about you know three years ago, which are using deed, covering up if you’re not in a home, get rid of any kind of little areas of water, because the mosquitoes the 80s Egyptian mosquito can. I can I can do that, make sure, there’s air conditioning if you can have it, if you can’t afford it, but then you can’t even do about that, but make sure that the screens are intact. What is it mean for families, then? Who are trying to look down the road and figure out what kind of needs their child may have in the future brain? And it happens because the virus infected in the middle of the crucial periods of development, which is why earlier is worse than later. In a youth hostel to get infected at your towards the end of the pregnancy and be relatively okay or okay, there’s no. We are absolutely safe, but it’s much worse earlier when everything’s dividing quickly these families – I know you know they’re there being studied in various places – Fix huge challenges, not to mention physical play, occupational therapy is going to pay for that who’s. Doing it. How much of a concern is there about an outbreak happening again? I think it’s always a possibility Coast right and I thought that the mosquitoes fly up from South America and an insect the North America, because they only fly maybe a half a mile at most, the virus need the virus in the bloodstream and comes whenever the United States where the mosquitoes don’t have it and that mosquito bite the person and the person gives the mosquito zika and then that mosquito turns around and bites somebody who is uninfect and then boom. You have local transmission, it that’s one thing: two week. Deforestation. We got climate change all these things because of deforestation. We’Ve got the closer to civilization right and then you have changes with climate, and all this together increases the risks that you’re going to have some other outbreak of something coming up. Dr. Jon LaPook takes us back to 2016 when they travel to Brazil to report at the height of the zika outbreak will also hear how the virus impacted tourism in affected countries and if it’s safe, this is CBS at CBS News, always on Though the Zika virus is no longer the threat it was during the height of the outbreak in 2015-2016, the risk of contracting the disease still exists in certain areas. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook joined CBSN to discuss what we know about the virus and how to stay safe.
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