Johnson & Johnson releases update on Zika situation

Johnson & Johnson recently released important information concerning the Zika virus.

Johnson & Johnson is the latest to send out information regarding the Zika virus. 

The corporation, which calls itself the largest health care company, released information it believes consumers should know about the virus.

The first case was confirmed in May 2015 in Brazil. After the case was announced, the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both issued an alert. Since that announcement, the virus has rapidly spread throughout Latin America, with cases now being reported in the U.S., as well.

The virus is mostly spread through the Aedes mosquito, though a case in Texas was sexually transmitted.

The virus itself doesn’t usually cause that much damage. However, it can cause Guillain-Barr Syndrome, which leads newborns to suffer from muscle weakness and, potentially, paralysis. Newborns are also at risk for microcephaly, which can cause them to be born with unusually small heads.

Due to these potential dangers, pregnant mothers are urged not to travel to Latin America during their pregnancy. A Hawaiian mother, who spent a portion of her pregnancy in Latin America, recently gave birth to a baby with microcephaly.

Experts predict the virus will spread throughout the U.S.; the World Health Organization recently issued a public health emergency.

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