Be in the know about the ZIKA virus

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Be in the know about the ZIKA virus

Be in the know about ZIKA

(Transmission, Symptoms, Treatment, Protection)

What is Zika?

Zika is a virus that is transmitted to people via a mosquito bite, sexual transmission, and blood transmission. This virus has led to reports of Guillian-Barre’ syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. The virus lives in the infected person’s blood for about a week but can be found longer. During the first week of infection, ZIKA virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to a mosquito through a mosquito bite therefore allowing that mosquito to carry the virus.  A infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of ZIKA are fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headache. These mild symptoms are very common with other illnesses and therefore ZIKA is hard to diagnose. These symptoms typically last from a few days to a week. This illness does not typically require hospitalization nor cause death. Please notify your healthcare provider should you have these symptoms and have traveled to an infected area or have had contact with someone who may have traveled to an infected region.

Treatment

There is currently no medical treatment for ZIKA. You must treat the symptoms with rest, drinking fluids, taking acetaminophen, and do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Please let your healthcare provider know what other medications you may be taking before taking another medication.

Protection
Take the following steps for protection from ZIKA: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, stay in places with air conditioning or that use a window and door screens, use EPA registered insect repellents (always follow the labeling and do not use on babies younger than 2 months of age and do NOT apply to a child’s hands, eyes, mouth or cut), treat clothing with permethrin or purchase permethrin treated items (do NOT use permethrin directly on the skin) If you feel you may have contracted the ZIKA virus, contact your healthcare provider and avoid getting mosquito bites during the first week of contracting the infection. You can also have your yard treated for protection and elimination of mosquitos.

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