While extremely dangerous diseases might seem like more of the stuff of science fiction than everyday reality, it's becoming more and more clear that one of the most dangerous threats to the United States may be through virulent diseases. Last year's Ebola virus epidemic caused mass panic around the world and now a new disease is entering the United States.

The disease is called the Zika virus and it's spread by mosquitoes. It's also incurable.

This week the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that the Zika virus has its first known case in the United States, a woman who went to a local hospital in Houston, Texas. The local health office reported that it is trying to monitor the situation, but their please for calm do seem misguided.

"We’re always going out to the field, we’re trapping, we’re collecting, and we’re checking. We’re isolating the virus...so there shouldn’t be any alarm right now," said Dr. Umair Shah, the Harris County Public Health Executive Director.

However, this diseases has been rampant in South America and Southeast Asia and it appears that there should be cause for alarm based on the results of the disease there.

One of the common side-effects happens when a pregnant woman is exposed to the virus through a mosquito bite. The Zika virus is able to attack babies who are still in utero and that's where things get scary. As has been seen in Brazil, the Zika virus causes children to be born with abnormally, even dangerously small heads.

That news is disturbing because there's no cure for the virus besides letting it run its course within a human host.

Symptoms of the disease include fevers, rashes, and joint pain and they can last upwards of a week.

If the United States needed another reason to closely monitor and protect its southern border it definitely has one now!

h/t: Fox News



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