With the arrival of the first ever Australians to the United States, we’ve got to have a good look ahead and see where they’re at before they’re gone.
We’ve got two weeks until the first Australian gets admitted to the US, and it could be a while yet before they’ve all been seen.
It’s the first time since 1996 that we’re expecting any more than one or two Australians to make it through their first two months in the US.
There are a number of reasons for this, including the new Zika virus and the ongoing pandemic, but the biggest one is the arrival.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics predicts that the country will have more than 20,000 new cases by the end of August.
And if we’re to take a moment to think about what they’re up against, it’s hard not to wonder if the country is going to see a number higher than 20 million by the time they’ve reached the US mainland.
“I think they’re going to be really lucky, because we’ve never had this many Australians in the country in such a short time,” Dr John Clements, from the Queensland Health Department, told the ABC.
“We haven’t had this much in the Australian population, so we’ve really got a lot of things going on here, but that’s something we’re going through.”
So how long will the US stay in Australia?
While the arrival is good news for the health of the people of Australia, the arrival won’t necessarily be enough to reverse the current trend.
Dr Clements said the US is already starting to see some health impacts from the virus, but there’s still time to deal with them.
“The first half of the year has really been very busy, with the coronavirus and the Zika virus, so I think we’re in a really good position,” he said.
Australia has already had about 15 million new infections, so by the second half of this year, it will have nearly 40 million.
“If you’re a young person who’s been infected with the virus and you’re still in the hospital, it can be very hard to get back into the community,” Dr Cements said.
“So, that’s a really big problem, especially if you’re an Australian who has been in the community for many years.”
What do we know so far about Zika virus?
The first Australian case of Zika was reported in February, when the then-17-year-old was diagnosed with the Zika strain.
The virus has since spread to a large number of other countries and is now believed to be the most common cause of microcephaly, or abnormally small heads.
It is thought to be spread through mosquito bites and can cause severe brain damage.
The first cases were reported in Brazil, but a series of other cases have been reported in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.
So what’s the catch?
Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is a species that lives in the wild in tropical regions.
If you are pregnant, you can contract the virus if you are close to or within 100 metres of the mosquito.
However, you shouldn’t catch Zika if you’ve been living in Australia for any time.
The disease is usually mild and doesn’t cause any symptoms.
Zinega, the Zika testing site, in Melbourne.
Source: ABC News (AAP) It is important to note that even though Zika is a new virus in Australia, there is already a history of microcephalic children in Australia.
In 2016, a young boy with the rare condition was found to have been born to an Australian mother who had travelled to the country to be with her partner.
While there are no definite links to the Zika outbreak in Australia yet, it is thought that many of the cases have a genetic component, so they are not necessarily related to the new strain of the virus.
But Dr Cowers from Queensland Health said that the first signs of Zika were already present in the United Kingdom when the country first had a case of microcysticercosis, or cystic fibrosis, in April.
The disease is caused by a mutation in the CFTR gene, which means the CFTB protein can be found in the body and is linked to the formation of fibroblasts.
Although the CFTA mutation has only been found in people who have travelled to areas with Zika outbreaks, Dr Cools said that a number more Australians were likely to have had the disease.
We have seen very few cases of Zika in Australia so far, but Dr Corsons is confident the virus is spreading quickly.
“It’s quite possible that it’s spreading quite rapidly here, and we’ve had about a week or two to see it,” he told the Nine Network.