ZIKA Virus… Are You Prepared?
“Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
She said a Zika-carrying mosquito is now present in about 30 states, up from 12, while also confirming that the virus – which has been linked to birth defects – can be transmitted sexually as well as through mosquito bites. And she said the virus is now linked to a broader set of complications in pregnancy than first thought.
WHAT IS ZIKA?
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.
HOW COULD IT AFFECT ME?
Zika has been linked to birth defects: Microcephaly (a condition in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected) and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. The CDC is also looking into the link between Zika and Guillian-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS). GBS is a rare disorder where a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes, paralysis.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
There is no vaccine or specific medicine to treat Zika virus infections. If you feel you may have contacted ZIKA, contact your healthcare provider immediately. During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another person through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people. To help prevent others from getting sick, avoid mosquito bites during the first week of illness. Pregnant women during any trimester should restrict travel to any infected area where Zika is spreading.
HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF?
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For more information regarding ZIKA: visit www.cdc.gov