The Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives in tropical climates and can carry the Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya.
The Zika virus could infect up to four million people, the World Health Organisation has warned.
The virus, which is strongly suspected of causing birth defects
including the shrinking of foetuses' brains and heads, has the potential
to become an "explosive pandemic", WHO also said.
Marcos Espinal, head of communicable diseases at the WHO's Americas
arm, said a study would soon be published suggesting a correlation
between Zika and microcephaly in Brazil.
"We don't know yet if this virus crosses the placenta and generates
or causes microcephaly. We think it plays a role. There's no doubt about
that," he said.
It comes as Brazilian experts at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation said the
virus - thought to be confined to the Aedes Aegypti mosquito in the
tropics - may have already crossed over to the culex mosquito - which
would increase its chances of being spreading around the world...Continue reading...
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