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.
- 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.