As the decision to reopen schools has felt driven more by politics than by science, parents are left to determine whether or not their children will be safe. For low-income or single parents or parents of a child with a disability, the decision is even harder.
Brazilian doctors are tracking babies whose mom’s had the Zika virus. Some are faring better than expected.
What is evident is that humans develop enough Zika virus in the blood to infect other uninfected mosquitoes that can spread
This explains why Zika virus can have a devastating impact on babies, even when their mothers had only mild illnesses.
Babies born with normal head circumferences developed microcephaly and other complications after birth.
How much of a game do we want to play with something so dangerous to humanity?
The country also confirmed its first microcephaly case.
The risk is low, but it isn't zero.
Prevention is an investment. Investments in local, state and federal public health infrastructure are necessary to stop the spread of Zika and other infectious diseases in the United States, as well as address the health outcomes for those who are infected.
Even if babies were born with normally-sized heads, they may still suffer lifelong effects from Zika exposure in the womb.