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The Zika Virus May Be Around For A While

Despite all of the promising solutions aimed at the Zika problem there are experts who believe that the Zika virus will be around for a while. One reason to assume that Zika is on the way in and not out is that there is still much to learn about the virus, and this lack of knowledge does not make it possible to control Zika completely.

For one thing, scientists are still not sure if a mother who is infected with Zika will have children with birth defects. Most people keeping up with the news on Zika would insist the infected pregnant mothers will certainly give birth to babies with microcephaly. However, thus far researchers have only been able to demonstrate that mothers who are symptomatic birth babies with microcephaly. Since people can be asymptomatic for long periods of time, it seems uncertain as to just how significant a role infection plays in pregnant women and their unborn children.

Also, given the fact that so many people are asymptomatic there is no easy way to identify how many cases currently exist in the world. For example, there is no reason to believe that the number of americans that are infected with the virus is not much higher than presently assumed. Zika could turn out to be another dengue fever, which has been around for a long time and with no cure.

Which proposed method of Zika control shows the most promise thus