Everything Wanted to Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika virus is causing quite a stir, especially with the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Brazil. So, in case you don’t know all the details, here are the most important ones to remember.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness, meaning is it transmitted through the bite of the female Aedes Aegyoti mosquito. However, there have also been a growing number of sexually transmitted cases. There is currently no treatment for the virus, and scientists report that a vaccine won’t be available to the public for a few years.
The Zika virus does not cause death in those infected, but it has been linked to people developing the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome and an increased chance of babies of infected mothers developing microcephaly, a condition that causes them to be born with underdeveloped heads and brains.
While as many as 80 percent of the people infected with the Zika virus show no symptoms, those that do experience mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain and fatigue that can last for two to seven days. Officials are urging people to avoid traveling to Zika infected areas, and be vigilant about wearing insect repellent.
The Zika virus is now actively spreading in at least 38 countries or territories, with the majority of them being in the Americas. Currently, officials are working on developing a way to control and decrease the mosquito population that is spreading the disease.