US could see substantial impact of Zika virus

US could see substantial impact of Zika virus

A researcher at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) warns that Zika virus could spread quickly to the U.S. There is currently no vaccine or cure.The mosquito-borne virus is believed to cause microcephaly in infants who are exposed in utero and causes rash and flu-like symptoms in adults and children who have been infected.
An outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013 was responsible for 19,000 suspected cases, and since October 2015, nearly 4,000 cases of Zika virus-related microcephaly have been reported in Brazil. Microcephaly is abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development and a range of neurological complications.