Zika Virus : All You Need to know About Symptoms

America is now at risk of getting a virus called Zika across the continent. It is a rare mosquito borne and recently it is found that this virus is spreading at a fast pace in America.


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Reports Regarding Zika Virus

According to the recent reports, the first case affected with this virus was noted in Texas, USA on January Month of 2016 in a traveler who is coming from the Latin America. However, the disease that is caused by this virus is not fatal and it lasts a maximum of one week. But, as per the health authorities of the country has been worried that there would be a link between this Zika virus and the birth defects called as microcephaly which is causing the babies abnormally born such as with small heads and various possible development problems.

Facts about Zika Virus and Fever

  • Zika virus is a member of genus Flavivirus which will cause the Zika fever and this virus is transmitted by mosquitoes called Aedes.
  • The illness that this fever will cause will range from a dengue fever in a mild form which generally lasts from 4 to 7 days. This sickness can’t be treated by use of vaccines or drugs rather it is treated with a proper bed rest.
  • In the year 2014, the Zika Virus had spread eastwards all over the Pacific to French Polynesia, then after that to Easter Island. And in the year 2015, the virus had spread to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Now it is considered a virus.
  • On 15th of January, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given a travel alert which advised the pregnant women to consider regarding the postponing of their travel to the countries and territories such as Brazil, El Salvador, Colombia, French Guiana, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Martinique, Panama, Suriname, Paraguay, Venezuela and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as there is growing facts regarding the link between Zika virus and the microcephaly.

So, know all these facts and try to be safe as much as possible taking the precautions and advised from doctors to avoid fever and abnormalities in the child births.