Over 70 British Travellers Hit With Zika Virus
News this week has announced that there are over 70 UK travellers infected by the Zika virus, with Caribbean destinations seemingly posting the biggest risk. While this virus does not naturally occur in the United Kingdom, there has been a large number people diagnosed since 2015.
Among these travellers, the top destinations in which people were infected with the virus are the Caribbean, South America, and Central America. The largest number of people reportedly to have picked up the virus are those who had travelled to Jamaica, alongside many other very popular British tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
Just this week, The New York Times stated that the Zika virus is expected to infect over 90 million people around the world and this is just with the first wave of the epidemic. This information was obtained from a study published by the journal Nature last month.
If you are not already aware of what the Zika virus is, it is thought to be spread by a specific type of mosquito which spreads the disease as it bites one person who is infected, then bites another who is not. This spreads the disease amongst the human population. The main people at risk of serious health problems from the virus are pregnant women as it can cause a birth defect known as microcephaly.
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