What is Zika virus and what are its symptoms?
Aedes mosquito primarily transmits virus causing Zika virus disease. It is a mosquito-borne flavivirus, identified in monkeys in Uganda in 1947 and in humans in 1952. People with zika disease experience symptoms like mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or a headache. These symptoms fever normally last 2-7days. The scientific consensus is that the zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. An investigation is on for the links to other neurological complications.
The incubation period is only a few days. But the symptoms of virus infection are very similar to mosquito-borne diseases like dengue. In fact, only one-fifth of people with zika virus will show symptoms of infection. Rather the vast majority will show no symptoms at all! Symptoms can appear 3-14days after a bite by a zika mosquito. Scientists believe, once infected, you are probably protected from future zika disease. Pregnant women should seek immediate medical help.
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Zika virus: transmission, treatment, and complications
Zika virus symptoms are similar to other mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, chikungunya or West Nile fever. The same type of infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito spreads dengue and chikungunya, as well as zika fever. All these diseases have flu-like symptoms. However, this virus is the only one which also spreads via sexual contact and investigation is on its transmission via blood transfusion.
WHO concluded that zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of severe congenital brain abnormalities. It results in major complications like microcephaly. Travel to and from the zika-infected area could give rise to a diagnosis of zika fever. But only laboratory tests of body fluids such as blood, urine, semen or saliva can confirm it. Zika disease is usually mild and requires rest, lots of fluids and OTC pain and fever medication. There is no vaccine for it, but the disease usually runs for a week or two. Strictly avoid Aspirin and NSAIDs.
What is a zika virus baby? Can one prevent this?
Zika virus can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. People with this virus infection and their sexual partners should be correctly counselled and receive information. Information about the risks to pregnant women and receive a range of contraceptive methods. WHO recommends postponement of pregnancy as well as safe sex and abstinence/contraception. This virus causes microcephaly in babies born to infected pregnant women.
Zika virus-caused microcephaly stunts a baby’s head-growth causing devastating, often fatal, brain damage. Also, Miscarriage, still-births and severe abnormalities (“zika virus baby”) can result. The day-biting AedesAegypti mosquito is the prime carrier for dengue, chikungunya and zika virus. One can prevent mosquito bites by using mosquito screens, nets, coils, repellent lotions and total body-cover-up.
Zika Disease Prevention
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