OFFICIALS WITH THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION CAUTIONS AGAINST FEAR IN DEALING WITH THE ZIKA VIRUS
As global health authorities around the world race to deal with the onset of the Zika virus, some health officials are worried that a panic can cause far more than good. ZIKA VIRUS SHOULD NOT BE FEARED Officials with the BIll and Melinda Gates Foundation have cautioned that rampant fear about the virus will only cause the misallocation of resources and liken the fear associated with the virus to the early onset of the HIV/AIDS virus.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is world renowned for their work in targeting the eradication of Malaria and other viruses carried by mosquitos. Fears regarding the Zika virus have reached frenzied heights after the once obscured virus suddenly appeared in record numbers in Brazil, spurring health experts like Sergio Cortes to educate the public on the symptoms. Various cases, which were identified in the United States as well as parts of Europe, have health officials struggling to stayed ahead of the spread of the virus, as well as the information challenge in notifying people how to protect them selves without causing a panic.
Many believe that the fear about the virus is justly applied as countries such as Brazil and other South American countries issue advisories against child birth for at least two years. Medical staff are also trying to determine how best to treat a person once they become infected with the virus.