Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Zika Virus Australia Treatment to Cost Millions

Zika Virus Australia Treatment to Cost Millions

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The increasing number of cases of Zika virus infection in Australia has fostered the development of preventive and treatment measures, which has indicated the need for lots of expenditure in the process.

From the development of Zika vaccine to distribution of DEET repellant, everything is about how much could be spent. The distribution of repellant is inadequate yet costly. Even mosquito abatement involves a huge investment. This becomes one of the main causes of the slow proceeding in the development of preventive and treatment measures associated with the fatal disease.

Recently, authorities have confirmed 25 Zika infection cases among people who have traveled to Miami. As a result of the increase in the figures of people affected in Miami, Florida, health and legislative officials have started finding relevant ways of controlling the expected outbreak of the same in Puerto Rico.

Several awareness campaigns are being held across Florida after huge cases of Zika virus have been reported in the region. These campaigns are normally meant for students who are made aware of the ways in which the virus gets transmitted and how it can be identified.

It was only last week when the US Department of Health and Human Services declared the virus as a health emergency in Puerto Rico. The initiative ensured better funding for the project.

Although the treatment of the disease is costly, it is mandatory to introduce relevant ways of controlling the virus’ effect. This is because the adverse effect of the disease is imposed on newborns who acquire it from mothers. It causes the newbie to suffer from microcephaly, a condition that hampers the growth of the newborn’s brain, and arthrogryposis, which leads to joint conjunctures in newborns.

It is difficult to find out the exact number of children affected by the virus but the figures are such that undertaking even costly treatment is a must.

“About 20 percent of state budgets right now go toward Medicaid,” Wired quoted John Hopkins University’s health economist Gerard Anderson as saying. “If you’re adding another million dollars per child every time we have another case like this, that number probably increases in Florida and in some of the other southern states.”