Because planes are flying globally, the Zika virus is now reaching parts of the world and spreading fast. Air travel is a serious threat to global populations contracting Zika, a virus with an incubation period of two to seven days.
There may not even be symptoms of infection and millions of people could soon be carrying the Zika virus unaware of their deadly cargo.
Some cases have been discovered in Australia, a pregnant woman has contracted the Zika virus. In America there have been reports of Zika infection, and also in China. Four cases of Zika have been found in the UK. These are the infections that are discovered, as Zika is a covert virus, it can spread far and wide without knowledge from the authorities.
It is therefore advisable that pregnant women who contract the Zika virus receive immediate abortions, and that the populace within infected areas desist from any sexual activity with a partner, and do not receive blood transfusions.
Zika is transmitted through mosquito bites, bodily fluid transmission like blood, semen, saliva.
As long as there is air travel on a mass scale globally, there will be no end to the Zika infection rate.
AIR FLIGHT STATISTICS
In 2013 there were 99,726 flights per day. There are 49,871 routes being served globally. Some are served many times a day, others only once every two weeks or even just a few times a year. Annually there are approximately 37.4 million flights globally serving 2.97 billion passengers. Source ATAG