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ZIKA

Zika Infection is caused by a virus transmitted to people through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.

Key Facts:

  • The illness is actually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. The most common symptoms are: fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other symptoms include muscle pain and headache.
  • The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) is not known.
  • Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week or longer and it can be passed from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites.
  • Zika can be spread from a mother to her fetus during pregnancy
  • Infection during pregnancies may be linked to microcephaly, a birth defect wherin the baby’s head is significantly smaller when compared to other babies of the same age.
  • There is no Vaccine or Medicine for Zika.
  • People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek doctor’s advice.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.

Disclaimer: Insular Health Care, Inc. disclaims any liability or responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance on the health advisory or safety tips. The health-related materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure or standard of care.

References: www.who.int;www.cdc.gov

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