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Although the horrifying outbreak in Brazil has been strongly brought to our attention, Zika is present in roughly 48 countries, two of which are African: Cabo Verde and Gabon. So far, it has been reported that the impact of Zika is greater at the moment in the South American region.  Frequent reports have been issued upon the presence of Zika and its effects in Brazil, however the emergence of the virus can be traced back to over 60 years ago in Uganda. Would we have been more prepared to face the current Zika outbreak if there had been more research and more awareness raised on its impact upon Africa?

(United-Nations- GENEVA)-As stated by the spokesperson for WHO (World Health Organisation) during a UN press briefing, there appears to be more of a natural immunity to the Zika virus in the African region rather than in Brazil. The Zika virus has had a devastating impact upon victims in Brazil, and it has started to spread across both South and Central America. It has recently been considered to be linked to the neurodevelopmental disorder, microcephaly.

Tensions and concerns are extremely high at the moment in South America regarding the possible risk that Zika could also cause Microcephaly in babies and children.