Zika Will Burn Out In Two To Three Years
The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based on the fact that people develop immunity to the virus after an initial infection. A team of British experts in disease outbreaks believes that the Zika epidemic afflicting Latin America as their researches.
Scientists from Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have published a new study suggesting that the Zika epidemic will have run its course in Latin America within three years, but only because so many people are being infected that the population will become immune to it.
Scientists predict the virus which is burn out in three years. Because the virus is unable to infect the same person twice, as more and more people become infected, reaching a level called “herd immunity”. This infection levels fall and the epidemic dies out. Until there was a new generation who had not been exposed to Zika virus, there would be a long period with few new cases, the researchers said.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. Because of the risk to newborn children. Although Zika infection is largely mild, with most people having no symptoms, it is known to cause microcephaly babies born with undersized heads.
There is currently no vaccine or cure for Zika. The Hopkins review called for more research to assess the effectiveness of mosquito-control methods. Hope we can burn out zika in tree years.