Zika Virus Scarier Than Initially Thought
The following information about the Zika Virus and the mosquitoes that carry it is based on an interview conducted April 12, 2016 by Fox News with Dr. Kevin Campbell. ¹
Dr. Campbell (pictured above right) is a medical professional who utilizes social media and blogging to educate, engage and motivate patients as well as physicians on the latest developments impacting health and wellness in the U.S.
Zika Facts and Statistics
(As discussed in Video interview – full transcript provided below)
- The World Health Organization has declared a Zika emergency.
- Since 2007, there are Zika cases in 62 countries and growing.
- CDC reports active Zika outbreaks in 41 countries/territories.
- Mosquitoes in U.S. are not carrying virus, yet. (as of the date of this interview)
- CDC: 364 cases of Zika Virus confirmed in the continental U.S. – all in people who have traveled to Zika-prone countries.
- World Health Organization estimates as many as 4 million people could be infected with Zika virus over the next year.
- Zika virus is primarily transmitted by mosquito bites; can be spread from pregnant women to baby or sexually transmitted.
- CDC: Zika virus linked to birth defects, including blindness, premature birth, smaller brain size caused by Microcephaly. ²
- Zika linked to Guillain-Barré Syndrome. ³
- Obama Administration is proactive, but Congress not taking action.
- Health officials find Zika is destructive to fetal brains.
- Scientists find Zika virus causes devastating defects in fetal brains.
- Likely to have a vaccine ready by September.
Text transcript of video interview provided below. ↓
Watch the full video on Fox News by clicking here. (opens in new window)
Health Officials Sound Alarm On Zika Virus
Interview by Fox News on April 12, 2016 with Dr. Kevin Campbell:
Fox News (FN):
“Top health officials are sounding the alarm on the Zika Virus, revealing the type of mosquito spreading the virus.
Mosquitoes that carry Zika Virus are now in 30 states across the U.S.
Officials are warning, as they learn more about the virus, they find it even scarier than initially thought.
Here now is Dr. Kevin Campbell, he’s a practicing cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at The University of North Carolina.
Thank you for joining us.”
Dr. Kevin Campbell (DKC):
“Thank’s so much for having me.”
“So, Dr. Campbell, the CDC, they’ve declared a ‘Level 1’ emergency. ⁴
We hear that 30 states now have these mosquitoes in them.
What exactly is a ‘Level 1’ emergency and why have they done that?”
“You know, that is the highest level of public health alert that the CDC issues.
They did that a few years ago with the H1N1 flu. ⁵
They did it during Hurricane Katrina and the fallout of that.
So, it is a big deal.
It means that a lot of resources are mobilized, they’re ready to go, and they’re going to need more funding to make this happen.”
“And what about worldwide, and how did it make its way here?”
“You know we’ve had a lot of travelers that have gone to endemic areas like Brazil and other places, even U.S. Territories like Puerto Rico, it’s becoming more and more prevalent.
One thing to remember, here in the U.S., we have the mosquitoes but the virus is not in the mosquitoes, yet.
It may be that this summer.
However, most of the cases in the U.S. have been transmitted by travelers, folks that have gone to the endemic areas and come back.”
“There are roughly 672 confirmed cases in U.S. territories like Puerto Rico, which also includes the United States.
Pregnant women, there’s been 64 pregnant women, impacted so far?”
“That’s exactly right and for pregnant women this can be devastating.
We’ve learned in the last week now not only does it associate itself with microcephaly, which causes children that are born with small brains and under-developed brains, but also with blindness and premature births.
Interview continues below…
How to Pronounce Guillain Barre Syndrome
“And there are also some things that we’re seeing in adults like Guillain-Barré, which is a paralysis syndrome, and now another disease that’s very similar to Multiple Sclerosis.
All being associated with Zika Infection.”
“What do we need to do to try and avoid this?”
“I think the biggest thing, in areas that are endemic to mosquitoes, we’ve got to come up with public ways of eliminating mosquitoes or controlling these populations.
I think we need to educate the public about the fact that this can be sexually transmitted if you’re infected with Zika and pregnant women need to make sure they don’t contract the disease.
I think we’ve got to really re-double our efforts to make a vaccine as well.”
“How likely, and when, do you think that vaccine will be available?”
“Based on my sources, it looks like we’re making good progress and September this year is the target date for that vaccine.
We also need a rapid blood test so we can quickly identify people who have this disease because 80% of people don’t even have symptoms.”
“And what are those symptoms?”
“They’re very vague.
Red eyes, like when you have pink-eye (conjunctivitis), muscle aches, fever, maybe a rash, they’re very non-specific.
A typical virus illness.”
“Dr. Kevin Campell, thank you for joining us and giving us more information.”
“Thank’s for having me.”
¹ Learn more about Dr. Kevin Campbell by visiting his website.
² Visit Wikipedia and learn more about Microcephaly.
³ Learn more about Guillain–Barré syndrome on Wikipedia.
⁴ Learn more: CDC Emergency Operations Center moves to highest level of activation for Zika response.
⁵ Learn more about the 2009 flu pandemic caused by the H1N1 influenza virus.