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In Health News: The Zika Virus

By Bren @Virtual_Bren

In Health News: The Zika Virus - The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. The disease is spread by a specific series of mosquitos called the Aedes.

The latest health scare is Zika Virus.

What is it?

The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne disease.  The disease is spread by a specific series of mosquitos called the Aedes.  These are the same species of mosquitos that are known for spreading chikungunya and dengue. The disease is transmitted by an infected mosquito biting a person. The incubation period is still unknown at this point, however, it is estimated between a few days and one week.

What are the symptoms?

Most people won’t even know they have been infected with the Zika Virus because the symptoms are common to many other illnesses. Symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint-pain
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink-eye)
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches

Symptoms could last for a few days, but again, are usually mild enough that the infected person wouldn’t normally seek medical attention. The virus remains in the affected person for about one week.

How is it treated?

The best medical advice to anyone that has been infected is:

  • Drink fluids and stay hydrated
  • Get a lot of rest
  • Take a pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol-type product)
  • Be cautious with other medications

Transmitting the virus once infected

The virus can remain in a person’s bloodstream for approximately one week. During this period, the virus can be transmitted to another person via:

  • Sex – an infected male can spread the virus through his semen
  • Birth – an infected pregnant woman nearing birthing can spread to her unborn infant
  • Blood transfusion

Risks

Caution to those who are traveling to Countries where the Zika Virus is known to be. Areas like:

  • the Pacific Islands
  • Africa
  • Southeast Asia

Please refer to the Travel Advisories before traveling abroad.

How can I protect myself and loved ones?

If traveling into areas of risk, it is highly recommended you take the following precautions:

  • Use insect repellant (specifically EPA-registered)
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants
  • Use air-conditioning.
  • If windows must be open, be sure there are screens
  • Sleep under mosquito netting

Dangers

Infants that are born to an infected mother may have neurological disorders and/or physical abnormalities.

Let’s look at the below infographic for more info.

Zika Virus

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Brenda Pace

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