Brasilia, Feb. 14 (ANI): More than two-lakh soldiers have been deployed across Brazil to warn people about the risks of Zika virus.
Brazil is said to be at the centre of an outbreak of the virus, which has been linked to a surge in babies being born with underdeveloped brains.
The country has reportedly 462 confirmed cases of microcephaly, and is investigating another 3,852 suspected cases.
President Dilma Rousseff said the crisis would not compromise the Olympics Brazil is hosting in August, but critics have said the move would not helping reduce mosquito numbers or stop the spread of Zika.
Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.
Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) of Zika virus disease is not clear, but is likely to be a few days. The symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days.
Mosquitoes and their breeding sites pose a significant risk factor for Zika virus infection. Prevention and control relies on reducing mosquitoes through source reduction (removal and modification of breeding sites) and reducing contact between mosquitoes and people.(ANI)