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Europe’s first-ever native Zika cases should be a ‘wake-up call’ for the continent

The Zika virus has made its first attack on Europe which scientists are calling to be a ‘wake-up call’ for the entire continent.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has confirmed that the virus has made 3 persons as its victims in August. All the victims were from Hyeres, a French Riviera town. The most shocking news is that the scientists have confirmed that the cases were transmitted locally rather than by travellers.

This is not the first outbreak of Zika virus in Europe. The continent had reported almost 2,400 cases of Zika since 2015 when the outbreak actually happened on the South American continent. The infection was carried and transmitted from the people who came to Europe during that time.

But scientists say this time the infection has been acquired locally when the people in the French town of Hyeres were bitten by Asian tiger mosquitoes infected with the virus.

Scientists believe that there were more infections of Zika in France during the summer which went unnoticed.

Some people do not have any visual symptoms which show that they have been infected by the virus. Scientists do not know the reason for this just as yet. It seems as if the virus uses such persons as vectors for transmission of the virus to other areas. Now as there have been three new cases that have been reported, scientists believe that more people are carrying the virus. But the exact number of victims is very hard to determine.

The symptoms of Zika include suffering from fever, mild rash and headache and most people do not have any symptoms.

But the disease is very dangerous on pregnant women that could lead to miscarriages, premature births and birth defects like microcephaly. Some 2,000 children in Brazil have affected by this.

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