ZIKA – MOSQUITO AFFLICTIONS
This Mosquito Afflictions series breaks down some of the most common dangerous diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitos.
** PLEASE NOTE: This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor and/or medical treatment if necessary**
Zika was first discovered in primates in Uganda 1947 and wasn’t recognized in humans until 1952. It is transmitted by the Aedes species of mosquito and most common in tropical and subtropical regions.
Because the disease is carried by our blood, in some rare cases, Zika can also be transferred through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and other encounters with blood from an infected individual.
To determine if an individual is infected with the virus, laboratory tests must be conducted on a sample of bodily fluids such as blood or urine.
The Zika Virus often causes no or only mild symptoms.
- Headache and/or Body Aches
- Joint Pains
- Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Along with being rarer, these symptoms do not last long and are often fully healed within a week.
The virus can be transferred from a mother to a child during pregnancy. If this infection does occur it can lead to a defect in which the brain develops abnormally, resulting in a far smaller head than is average and healthy for an infant. Microcephaly can also cause the brain to continue to have stunted or abnormal growth following birth.
If an unborn child is infected miscarriage or stillbirth can occur, it is therefore recommended that pregnant women do not travel to high risk areas.
There is currently no vaccine nor cure for Zika virus.
The best way to combat the virus is to treat the symptoms by drinking fluids, getting plenty of rest and consulting your physician as to what kinds of over-the-counter medicines may be most helpful to relieve any further discomforts.
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