In recent months, reports suggest that the disease has spread through women – reported predominantly in Brazil – who have given birth to babies with microcephaly, a birth defect that involves incomplete brain development and an abnormally small head.
A recent study published in medical journal The Lancet, suggested that Zika “might cause” Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a serious nervous system disorder. In the study, 42 patients who were diagnosed with GBS during a Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia, carried Zika-like symptoms.
Consistent and definitive scientific proof however has yet to be proven on both accounts. No vaccination or treatment has been found yet.
On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” over the Zika virus. The disease has been reported in several countries, many of which are from the Caribbean and South America.
Since November, the tech giant has seen over a 3,000 percent increase in search interest of the virus worldwide, and is launching a web-based initiative to increase awareness.