At this point the Zika virus outbreak is no longer a small-scale issue. The disease is actually a bigger problem than doctors originally thought, according to NBC News.
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As the months go by the virus continues to spread across new countries, but Chile and Canada will be spared because they don’t have the aedes aegypti mosquitoes that spread the infection, according to a prediction made by the World Health Organization.
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NBC News reported that scientists released two additional studies showing the virus apparently killing developing brain cells and another exhibiting that it can possibly cause a rare nerve damage similar to multiple sclerosis.
Developing vaccines comes with a hefty price and to create one against Zika, President Obama asked Congress for $1.9 billion for better research and drugs for people to fight the aedes aegypti mosquitoes that spread the virus. According to NBC News, National Institutes of Health will have to strip funds from programs to combat malaria, tuberculosis and influenza.
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The Zika virus is spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes and can also be spread during sex by an infected man.
To learn more about the virus and places to avoid if traveling, visit CDC.gov.