Zika virus spreading rapidly from Brazil2016.02.02
A HARMFUL virus is spreading rapidly from Brazil (巴西) and Colombia (哥倫比亞) in South America (南美洲) to other parts of the world. It is the Zika virus (塞卡病毒).
Zika is spread by a kind of mosquito called Aedes aegypti (白紋伊蚊), which also carries dengue fever (登革熱) and yellow fever (黃熱病). It can lead to fevers and rashes, though most people do not show any symptoms. But if foetuses are infected, the newborn babies might suffer from microcephaly (小頭症). They are born with smaller heads, which means their brains are affected and will not develop normally, and they will have a lower intelligence.
Up till now, at least about 30,000 Zika cases have been recorded in South America, and it has already spread to the United States, Europe (歐洲) and even Taiwan (台灣). There is currently no cure and no vaccine for it, which makes parents and experts very worried.
(This article is published on Goodies on 3 February 2016)