The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the Zika Virus as a disease that spreads primarily via contact with mosquito bites. Although the disease is generally considered to be mild, there have been a few reported cases of hospitalization as a direct result of infection of the Zika Virus. Due to the seriousness of the disease, people have been seeking out both personal and drug injury lawyer advice everywhere from Provo throughout the Midwest.
However, the virus affects pregnant women in a more drastic and implicative manner than non-pregnant women. There have been multiple documented cases of the virus causing serious birth defects—in particular, microcephaly (abnormal smallness of the head).
Florida Officials Speak Out Concerning the Virus
The virus has recently caused Florida officials to speak out concerning its spread in the Western Hemisphere. On February 3, Florida officials came forward to declare a public health emergency in four of the counties that had confirmed cases of the virus.
The CDC also came forward to confirm that those infected with the Zika virus in the United States had been infected by traveling to one of the countries where the virus was present. Following the CDC’s statement, many a personal and drug injury lawyer from Provo to the East Coast has been bracing himself for the potential impending legal liabilities.
One in Five People with Zika Experience Symptoms
Symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. However, typically only one in five of the people who have been exposed to the Zika virus will experience symptoms, and only for one to two weeks. Although there is currently no cure for the virus, the person becomes immune to the virus after the symptoms diminish.
Although the risk is currently low, should you become infected with the Zika virus, you may choose to contact a personal or drug injury lawyer for legal advice on the issue. So far no one in Provo or elsewhere has been immune to infection of the virus, making it a wise decision to take precautions against contracting it.