What You Need To Know About the Zika Virus

Zika virus positiveSummer comes and goes too quickly. So we all want to spend as much time outside as possible, even at night. And let’s face it: some nights the bugs are unbearable. Although bug bites are itchy and annoying they typically don’t pose too much of a health concern. However, this summer things are a bit different. With the emergence of the Zika virus in the United States, you need to be extra careful of mosquitos and mosquito bites. Today, we will discuss what Zika is, how it is transmitted, and how to prevent it, as well as the possible ramifications of it.

First, what is Zika? Zika is a virus which is spread through mosquito bites. The symptoms of the virus are usually fairly mild, and a lot of people may not even know they have it. Those who have symptoms may experience a rash or low grade fever, conjunctivitis or fatigue, as well as muscle and joint pain lasting seven days or less. These symptoms are similar to a mild flu.

Second, how is Zika transmitted. The virus is mainly transmitted through mosquito bites. However, it can also be passed along through urine, saliva or even sexual intercourse. 

Third, how can I prevent getting the Zika virus? The only real way to prevent contracting the virus is to avoid getting mosquito bites. So wear lots of bug spray and use citronella candles.

Fourth, what are the possible ramifications of contracting the virus? One of the main concerns is microcephaly in newborns. Many infants have been born in Brazil with microcephaly in the past months. Some health agencies are also recommending delaying pregnancy at this time due to the increased risks during pregnancy.

Knowing these tips can help to protect you from contracting the Zika virus this summer.

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