Mosquito bites can affect health severely, and zika virus (ZIKV) is another of its examples. After dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya, it is zika fever that follows suit. It is a viral disease caused by the virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus.
Zika Virus Symptoms
Symptoms of ZIKV are similar to those of dengue. Fever is the most common symptom of zika infection.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 out of 5 Zika-infected individuals develop the fever. Other symptoms include rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain and headache. Symptoms can develop over a period of 2-7 days.
Zika fever can persist up to a week as the virus finds prolonged residence in the patient’s blood. Transmission of ZIKV is easy, which is why, travellers are perpetually advised to remain cautious.
Zika fever is currently spreading like wildfire. CDC recommends any individual who has recently travelled to consult a healthcare professional.
Locations affected with ZIKV
3 main continents are on the forefront of being hit in early 2016:
- Oceania/Pacific Islands
Zika Virus Treatment
Unfortunately, there exist no medications for treating ZIKV. The only treatments available for zika infections are home-made remedies such as bed rest and hydration.
Exposing the body to ample of rest and fluids is the only zika virus treatment. Preventions for ZIKV infections are also nil.
Since there exist concretions of neither preventive nor remedial measures, it is best to physically remain ashore from the virus. Since zika gets transmitted through mosquitoes, it is advised to protect oneself from mosquitoes.
If you are already infected with ZIKV, save yourself from any further mosquito bite. It may aggravate the infection in you or worse, transmit your virus to another healthy individual. Spreading of zika virus needs to be controlled at any price.
Zika Virus and Pregnancy
ZIKV has shown to affect pregnant women the most. Therefore, women undergoing or expecting pregnancy require exclusive protection from zika. This viral infection is related to birth defects.
Usage of mosquito repellents must be taken more into practice to safeguard yourself from mosquito bites. Zika virus is spreading with such rapidity that in several nations such as El Salvador, women have been advised against pregnancy until 2018!
Recognizing the brevity of zika virus in present scenario, MWH pleads every individual to remain very cautious of mosquito bites. Now is the time to make maximum use of mosquito repellents. Enhance your health by remaining free from zika virus today!