The Zika Virus

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Dr. Joon Lee holds processed mosquitos in a tube in his lab at the UNT Health Science Center during West Nile season on June 17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. For now, Lee doesn't believe the latest mosquito-borne virus, Zika, will get established in North Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

The Zika virus is becoming a big issue in many countries and a huge topic of discussion in the US. This virus is usually spread by insect bites and stings, mostly from mosquitoes. The symptoms are usually very mild in most people and do not last more than a week. However, the symptoms greatly affect pregnant women and may lead to birth defects in their unborn children that can last a lifetime. The virus is expected to infect three to four million people in theĀ Americas. According to the CDC, Zika now affects people in more than twenty countries. According to Associated Press, the chief of the World Health Organization will be holding a emergency meeting on Monday to decide if the outbreak of the virus should be declared an international health emergency. At least twenty people have been confirmed to have the virus in the US.

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My name is Kayla Carpenter. I am currently a sophomore at Bath. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and shopping.
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