The Zika virus received a large amount of attention within the last few months and nobody knew exactly what was happening except that when a pregnant mother had the Zika virus the child was going to automatically be affected by it.
According to CNN, on Wednesday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as CDC, stated, “The Zika virus causes microcephaly and other birth defects.”
CNN also stated the CDC has not confirmed a child would be affected by the virus nor the risk percentage of the possibility. The British Medical Journal published a study that showed 23 babies in Brazil who were affected by the Zika virus and concluded that the virus causes the children to have severe cerebral brain damage.
“The White House said President Barack Obama will sign a bill that offers incentives to companies working on Zika treatments and vaccines,” stated CNN.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest see’s the bill as a positive idea, but does not feel that it will help the outbreak according to CNN. He compares the investment to preparing for a hurricane by getting an umbrella, implying that this small advancement will not have a huge impact on those affected.