It has been estimated by The World Health Organization that there would be around three to four million cases in America of people affected by Zika Virus by next year.
It is alarming isn’t?
Do you exactly know what Zika Virus is? You all must know these 10 facts about the deadly virus.
1: Zika Virus is spread through the bite of mosquitoes. In most of the cases, it is not associated with serious illness. There has been an evidence that if this virus affects the pregnant women, it leads to microcephaly that is a kind of birth defect. In this, usually the new born baby head size is relatively small and the brain doesn’t develop completely.
- Joint pain
These symptoms may last from many days to a week. Although, it is uncommon to get a person hospitalized in this kind of situation
3: There has been total of 7 cases till now reported in New York.
4: till date, there is no vaccination available to prevent Zika. The best way is to avoid being bitten by any mosquito. You must take precautions like wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Also, you must keep your windows closed and try to remain in an area of air conditioner. You must also use insect repellents that are EPA registered.
5: Although, there has been outbreak even in the past from Zika Virus. Then the affected areas were Southeast Asia, tropical Africa and the Pacific Islands. The first case that was reported of Zika Virus was in May 2015 in Brazil.
6: There were also some cases that were reported in French Polynesia and Brazil associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. This is a rare medical condition that can lead to the paralysis of the person.
7: Anybody who is traveling to or living in the area that has been affected with Zika Virus is high potential to be affected by this virus and this virus doesn’t even spare pregnant women.
8: It has been reported that women who are pregnant or could be pregnant in near future should try and avoid traveling to 24 countries and territories that are majorly in Latin America and the Carribiena where the virus is spreading speedily.
9: Te symptoms of this virus resemble to chikungunya and dengue as this virus is also spread by the same mosquitoes that are responsible for spreading these diseases.
10: Precautions that you must take if you think you are affected Zika:
Take lot of rest
Drink plenty of fluid that will prevent dehydration
Take the prescribed medicines like paracetamol or acetaminophen. This would relieve the pain and fever.
You should not take aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen and ibuprofen.
You must avoid NSAIDs and Asprin till the dengue is ruled out as there is risk of bleeding.
Thus, here is everything that you should know about this virus that is spreading at an enormous rate in America.