The Zika virus is spreading quickly. The good news is that you probably don’t have to worry, unless you’re pregnant.
The virus is asymptomatic in most people, but can cause serious birth defects resulting in small heads. There is no treatment and no vaccine for Zika.
El Salvador has come up with a solution. They’re telling people not to have babies until 2018. Talk about a cry for help.
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Over in Canada we don’t have to worry too much because the Aedes mosquito, which can also spread dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses, doesn’t live here and certainly wouldn’t survive this time of year.
The Zika virus is transmitted through humans, of course, and is thought to spread sexually. So just because you haven’t been to one of the affected countries, doesn’t mean you’re can’t catch Zika.
The World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus is likely in every country in the Americas except for Canada and Chile.