Zika Virus Can Cause Eye Issues, May Live In Tears


THEN THE DRIVER JUST TOOK OFF. SECURITY CAMERAS CAPTURING THE INCIDENT. THE OWNERS ARE OFFERING A REWARD FOR INFORMATION. DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS ARE BORROWING THE PATRIOTS’ SLOGAN AND TELLING THEIR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO “DO YOUR JOB AND PASS A BILL TO HELP BATTLE THE ZIKA VIRUS.” HEALTH OFFICIALS IN FLORIDA DELAYED THE SPRAYING OF A CONTROVERSIAL CHEMICAL TO KILL MOSQUITOES. THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 650 CASES OF ZIKA IN THAT STATE. 80 PATIENTS ARE PREGNANT WOMEN. LAST NIGHT, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY’S MAYOR TRIED TO TELL THE CROWD THAT THE INSECTICIDE IS HARMLESS TO HUMANS BUT THE PEOPLE THERE WEREN’T HAVING IT. MANY IN THE CROWD ACTUALLY DOUBT THAT ZIKA CAUSES BIRTH DEFECTS. RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE LINK BETWEEN THE ZIKA VIRUS AND MICROCEPHALY. THERE’S STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, DENYING THE FACT THAT ZIKA AND DEVASTATING BIRTH DEFECTS ARE LINKED. Reporter: ZIKA IS ALREADY AFFECTING TOURISM IN MIAMI. BOOKINGS FOR FLIGHTS AND HOTELS ARE DOWN 10% FROM A YEAR AGO. DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL IS HERE TONIGHT WITH MORE. WHILE MOST THINK OF BIRTH DEFECTS, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, IT CAN CAUSE OTHER ISSUES AS WELL. Reporter: IT CAN, AND IT IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE TAKING SERIOUSLY. A THIRD OF BABIES DEVELOP EYE DISEASE AND ADULTS GET REDNESS OR ITCH OF THE EYES AND RARE CASES ADULTS CAN HAVE UVITIS AND IT CAN CAUSE VISION LOSS. IN MICE, IT CAN LIVE IN EYES. THEY FOUND ITS GENETIC MATERIAL IN TEARS. SO THE QUESTION IS CAN YOU CATCH ZIKA BY COMING INTO CONTACT WITH AN INFECTED PERSON’S TEARS? IT’S NOT CLEAR BUT COULD EXPLAIN WHY ZIKA IS SPREADING FASTER THAN EXPECTED IF MOSQUITOES WERE THE ONLY SOURCE. REMEMBER, MOST PEOPLE EXPERIENCE LITTLE TO NO SYMPTOMS BUT SOME DO. THE VIRUS CAN CAUSE A FLU-LIKE ILLNESS WITH FEVER, RASH, AND BODY ACHES. THERE APPEARS TO BE AN INCREASED RISK OF A PARALYZING CONDITION THAT AFFECTS A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH ZIKA. I ABOUT EGG TO DIFFER WITH THE PEOPLE THAT DON’T THAT THERE IS A LINK. THE W.H.O. SAID THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN ZIKA AND MICROCEPHALY. AND STILL SO MUCH WE DON’T

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