The Zika Virus has been a hot topic for the news media lately; not because it’s a new transmittable virus but rather because it has finally spread to the western hemisphere and is predicted to continue to spread potentially further north into the United States. In fact, several cases have already been reported in the U.S. Any mosquito bearing areas, and stagnant bodies of water can be dangerous. This blog was written to help you learn about the Zika Virus and explain the risks involved and prevention measures.
What is Zika Virus and Control
Zika Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes that also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. The mosquitoes that spread these viruses are much more active during the day than at night. When mosquitoes bite a Zika Virus carrier they become infected and then the mosquito will infect everyone it bites. This is the most common form of transmission of Zika Virus. Lesser known and unconfirmed ways to transmit Zika virus is through pregnancy, blood (transfusion or irresponsibility), or sexual contact. Symptoms for Zika Virus include red eyes, pain, headaches, rash, and fever. These issues usually go away in under a week. Hospitalization and death are very uncommon for this disease. Similar to having the flu the best advice is to get sleep and stay hydrated. Unlike the flu, due to the similarity of dengue, all over the counter pain medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen should be avoided however; it is acceptable to take acetaminophen. Hemorrhaging could happen if you have dengue and not Zika, please see a doctor before self-treating with any medication.
If you have Zika try to avoid all contact with mosquitoes, if an unaffected mosquito bites you it will become infected and then infect other people it bites. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants and spray yourself with insecticide when being outside. Remove all standing bodies of water like potted plants, jars, and buckets outside. This will remove the ability for them to lay eggs, which will discontinue the Zika transmission cycle. Treat all blood as if it is potentially infected. Wear protection when cleaning blood; Zika has the potential of being one of many different blood borne viruses and diseases you can get (this is very rare). Currently to avoid Zika do not travel to Mexico and South America; the mosquitoes are very active in those areas. The CDC states the potential for the virus spreading to North America in the future is high. Mosquito populations must be controlled and we must all be cautious to not spread the virus.
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