How Bad Can Zika Be?

Majid Ali, M.D.

How Bad Can Zika Be? Very Bad When It Spreads Widely As It Did in Brazil.


Zika in Brazil

On January 30, 2016, BBC reported that Brazil has had an estimated confirmed cases of 1.5 million. This is where it gets really menacing:  In the worst affected region of Brazil, approximately 1 percent of newborns are suspected of being microcephalic.

The estimated number of confirmed cases in Colombia reported at the end of January of this year was 20,000. Scattered cases were also encountered in Dominican Republic (8), Ecuador (6),  and El Salvador (3). Will these numbers rise? Most officials are afraid they will. How long will Zika vaccine take to appear on the scene? It is anybody’s guess.


Zika virus is related to other dangerous viruses, such as dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile virus.  In 2012 the US experienced one of its worst epidemic in which 286 people lost their lives, most notably in Texas.


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