While we constantly update our blog on the latest news regarding Zika, we’ve hit such a critical juncture we feel it is important to dedicate a web page specifically to this new and scary mosquito-borne illness. We want you to be as informed as possible as to what Zika is and what its symptoms are, as well as how to avoid coming into disease-carrying mosquitoes. For the most up-to-date information regarding Zika, we urge you to follow our blog.
Zika is a mosquito-borne illness. Humans may become infected by the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti or Aedes Albopictus (the Asian Tiger Mosquito) mosquito. Currently there have been no local transmissions of the virus and all cases within the continental United States are all cases where the patient contracted Zika whilst traveling abroad. However, now that the warmer months are here, it is suspected that Zika could begin to get transmitted locally. After all, the Asian Tiger mosquito is flying around you and your home right now.
An infected human can become a facilitator of the virus to other mosquitoes for approximately 7 – 10 days after first becoming infected. For this reason, it’s important for anyone experiencing Zika symptoms to remain indoors and away from mosquitoes. Otherwise, you risk further spreading the disease via mosquito bites. It’s of the utmost importance those who’ve been exposed to Zika to take extra precautions and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
The Zika Virus is extremely easily spread and nearly 80% of those infected show no symptoms. This is a dangerous scenario, with a mere 20% of those infected showing symptoms, the likelihood of further spreading of the virus is probable due to simply not knowing one is infected. The symptoms usually experienced by those infected include:
Microcephaly brought Zika into the hands of scientists whose hard work has uncovered more health complications linked to the Zika Virus. While more studies are needed to be conclusive, dangerous health complications linked to Zika include more birth defects, fetal death, Guillain-Barre and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Both Guillain-Barre and ADEM are autoimmune diseases that can cause serious disruptions in a person’s life, affecting non-pregnant men, women and children.
Currently there is neither a vaccine nor a cure. The only thing you can do is to prevent being in an area inundated with mosquitoes which may be carrying this disease. By reducing the number of mosquitoes you come into contact with ultimately reduces your likelihood of contracting Zika.
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