Rash, fever, red eyes (conjunctivitis) and joint pain are symptoms of the Zika virus. The virus lasts from a few days to a week and sometimes in extreme cases it requires hospitalization.
In May 2015 The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) confirmed that the Zika virus up in Brazil prompted reports of Guillain-Barre disorder and pregnant ladies bringing giving birth to babies with outset imperfections and poor pregnancy results.
Here are five very important things to know about the Zika virus:
- There is no medication to prevent the virus and the infection
- The Zika virus is spread when you get bitten by the Aedes mosquito
- According to the CDC the virus is most spread in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
- The best thing to do is to stay away from the regions infected, but if you must go then use an EPA-endorsed repellent over sunscreen, wear long jeans and long sleeved shirts sufficiently thick enough to obstruct a mosquito bite, and rest in aerated and cooled, screened rooms.
- Until a vaccine is discovered, pesticides and discharging standing water vessels where mosquitoes usually breed are used. Every household, guests, hotels are advised to take out any standing water they see outside containers and vases.
Even though these measures are taken, it’s hard to get rid of the Zika virus since it’s in breed in flower vases and other little wellsprings of water.