Puerto Rico Battles the Zika Virus
Puerto Rico is racing against the clock to put shore up its defenses against the Zika virus. The main focus right now is to protect the pregnant women. Puerto Rican officials are not alone in the fight, however. The CDC has stepped in to lend a helping hand and develop a plan of attack before the virus spreads farther and really takes over territory.
Puerto Rican officials have set up a program to monitor all the pregnant women on the island to try and protect them against the Zika virus, as well as keep a record of the spread of the virus and whether any infected pregnant women experience complications such as miscarriage or their child developing microcephaly. This will help scientists better understand how the virus is spreading between mother and child and lay the groundwork for better protective measures. This voluntary CDC registry is open to all Zike-infected women and their babies in the U.S.
Officials have also barred local blood donations and increased efforts to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Scientists are working tirelessly conducting hundreds of lab tests each week to try and isolate the best method to control the mosquito population. The work being done in Puerto Rico and the early defense taken stands as a positive move forward in this battle against the Zika virus
Are you worried that Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, is now an active Zika virus area? Do you think it is only a matter of time before we too are hit?