After the deadly Dengue, the mosquitoes are charged again for spreading the new Zika Virus.

After the deadly Dengue, the mosquitoes are charged again for spreading the new Zika Virus.

Zika has recently become popular as a virus with mild effects like fever, rash, joint pain and even conjunctivitis. Research shows that the effect of this virus usually stays for a week or so slowly killing the immunity of the person affected. The only way by which the disease can be prevented is by not letting a mosquito bite you. As mosquito bites are the only source of the inclusion of this virus in the human body it is very much recommended to get rid of mosquitoes from residential areas by taking necessary steps.

 

This virus affects each and every person differently. In some it remains for a mere 5 days but in others it tends to stay longer. However death from the attack of this virus is very rare. As it gives off similar symptoms like Dengue and Chikungunya it can be easily spotted in an effected person. Treatment of this particular disease caused by the Zika virus has not yet been recognize but doctors usually prescribe enough sleep, drinking of plenty of fluids to keep away dehydration. Patients with this virus can also take in pain killers to soothe their nerves but medicines like aspirin and other non- steroidal drugs like Ibuprofen and naproxen should not be ingested by any means as they can cause other side effects.

Originating the areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands this virus is spread to the other parts of the world specially the United States by travelers.

ZIKA Virus – Symptoms

  1. About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika).
  2. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.
  3. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
  4. Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for a few days but it can be found longer in some people.
  5. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
  6. Deaths are rare.

ZIKA Virus – Diagnosis

  1. The symptoms of Zika are similar to those of <strong>dengue</strong> and <strong>chikungunya</strong>, diseases spread through the same mosquitoes that transmit Zika.
  2. See your healthcare provider if you develop the symptoms described above and have visited an area where Zika is found.
  3. If you have recently traveled, tell your healthcare provider when and where you traveled.
  4. Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya.

ZIKA Virus – Treatment

  1. No vaccine or medications are available to prevent or treat Zika infections.
  2. Treat the symptoms:
    • Get plenty of rest.
    • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
    • Take medicine such as acetaminophen to relieve fever and pain.
    • Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen. Aspirin and NSAIDs should be avoided until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of hemorrhage (bleeding). If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.
  3. If you have Zika, <strong>prevent mosquito bites</strong> for the first week of your illness.
    • During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites.
    • An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

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