5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Zika VIRUS
Violent outbreaks of the Zika virus have been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific islands and America. Zika virus is a virus that is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Unlike other viruses, there is no vaccine to prevent or get rid of the Zika virus. Those infected by the Zika virus can suffer severe abnormalities, or even suffer death.
Here are five important things you must know about the Zika virus:
- Zika virus is an airborne virus, and it is spread through the bites of infectious mosquitoes. Massive outbreaks of the Zika virus are being seen in tropical countries as there is an abundance of mosquitoes there. Spread of the Zika virus is not limited to a certain region, in fact, it can be spread worldwide, making the virus even more dangerous. Moreover, it has been discovered that the Zika virus is spread not only though the bites of infected mosquitoes, but it can also be spread through sex with someone infected with the Zika virus.
- There are no vaccines or treatments available for the Zika virus yet. This means that it is potentially fatal and dangerous and there is still no way that we can cure an infected person! However, it is possible to prevent yourself from getting infected by the Zika virus. As they say, prevention is better than cure. You must be extra careful to not let yourself or your family get bitten by an mosquitoes, as it is potentially impossible to detect a normal mosquito from one infected with the Zika virus.
- What are the symptoms seen after getting infected by the Zika virus?
After being bitten by a mosquito infected with the Zika virus, you will be able to see symptoms within 3-7 days. These symptoms include fever, rashes, joint pain, red eyes, headaches and vomiting. The symptoms are quite similar to Chikungunya, Malaria and Dengue.
- While there have reportedly been no adult deaths by the spread of the Zika virus, children or pregnant women who have been inflicted by the Zika virus have been shown to suffer severe physical abnormalities. Microcephaly and brain defects have been the most common abnormalities seen in children, which lead to low survival rates of the children.
- How to prevent yourself and your family from catching the Zika virus:
- Avoid travelling to places which you know are infested with mosquitoes and Zika virus.
- Wear mosquito repellent and long sleeved shirts.
- Stay in air conditioning and use screens and windows to keep mosquitoes out.
Prevention is always better than cure, so keep yourself and your family safe from the deadly Zika Virus.