Zika Virus Highlights:
A wait of 28 days has been urged by US Red Cross for travelers to donate blood.
Two people in the southeastern part of Brazil have been confirmed contracted Zika virus through blood transfusion.
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease and closely related to dengue.
Zika virus was first reported in Uganda in 1947.
In the current outbreak of Zika virus two news cases are shocking. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports two people have been contracted through blood transfusion in southeastern Brazil. This mean the virus can easily spread through blood transfusion.
A top health official in Campinas city of Brazil, Brigina Kemp, said a transplant patient as well as a gunshot victim has been tested positive for the virus after blood transfusion from different donors.
In the wake of these two first of the kind cases the US Red Cross has urged travelers to Zika outbreak countries to wait for about four weeks before donating blood.
Moreover, the traveler needs to wait for 21 days after their return to US and Europe before donating blood.
Kemp added initially the staff of University of Campinas’ hospital saw something wrong last year. It is mild. Usually the symptoms could be seen one among five cases. Health experts also started linking Zika virus with bird defect microcephaly. It is said the virus is being spread by Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The first case in recent time was reported in Brazil in the middle of 2015. The disease thereafter quickly spread to over twenty nations in the region.