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Zika Virus Symptoms And Everything You Have To Know

By Cyril , Feb 23, 2017 05:07 AM EST
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Long before, a significant number of experts have regarded Zika fever as a disease that is primarily caused by the Zika virus that is spread through mosquito bites. Unlike malaria-carrying mosquitos, scientists say that this sort of species, known as the Aedes mosquito, is said to be mostly active during the day and so barrier methods such as mosquito nets are ineffective. Additionally, experts have revealed that while the symptoms of Zika typically pass within the space of a week, it was found that there have been recent concerns about the virus which is seen to be caused by a potential link between Zika and birth defects such as microcephaly.

The Zika Virus Symptoms

According to reports revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many people who have been infected with Zika virus won't have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. However, some of the most common symptoms of Zika are not limited to having fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes or commonly called as conjunctivitis; experts said that the virus' symptom may also include muscle pain as well as headache. Additionally, Zika is usually considered as mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week, which many people might not realize they have been infected.

Furthermore, as reported by Medical News Today, cases of Zika virus infection that typically result in hospitalization are still uncommon. As of the press time, experts have highly emphasized that there is no treatment for the virus yet and that a key aspect of preventing the virus from penetrating is by avoiding mosquito bites. On the other hand, since the species of mosquito that transmits Zika virus can be found throughout the world, authorities from CDC believe it is likely that outbreaks of the disease will spread to new countries.

Testing For Zika

Meanwhile, experts have explained that Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week. Hence, it just but important for a person to seek for a doctor's advice or other healthcare provider if you develop symptoms and you live in or have recently traveled to an area with Zika. Ultimately, the CDC recommend using insect repellents, wearing long-sleeved garments and long pants, using window and door screens or running an air conditioner, and emptying areas with collected standing water, as this is a common environment in which mosquitos can lay their eggs and since the virus can also be transmitted sexually, the CDC also recommend the use of condoms, both during and after traveling to regions affected by Zika virus.               

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