Zika Virus In Tourists Is More Severe, Scientists Say
Canadian tourists suffered more severe Zika virus symptoms than scientists previously thought. They had painful rashes, a high fever, muscle and joint pain and headaches according to a new study that focuses on the mosquito-borne virus’s reach on travelers. New national research suggests that Zika hit Canadian travelers harder than other mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.
The recent findings come out of records collected from Canadian Travel Medicine Network by infectious disease experts over the course of a year. The study looked at Canadians returning from trips to Zika-affected regions who received treatment from national travel clinics. In the study, 1,118 patients who visited those clinics over a year were examined.
Researchers find a higher rate of complicated illness from Zika virus than anticipated in patients. They find that 10% of patients with the virus had severe complications. Additionally, none of the patients who came to the clinic with tropical illnesses like dengue or chikungunya developed severe complications, the BBC reports.
Zika-infected travelers commonly experienced rash and fever followed by muscle or joint pain or headaches. In pregnant women, out of the three who visited one of the clinics, two developed congenital infections that affected their babies. Two patients also showed symptoms of Guillain-Barré or GBS-like syndrome, which leads to temporary paralysis and has been linked to the infection, while another one also had Zika viral meningitis, the Global News reports.
According to researchers, Zika virus cases that were part of the study were most likely transmitted by mosquitoes. Published on Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the doctors behind the limited study say it underscores the importance of prevention. Dr Sumon Chakrabarti, one of the researchers of the group, and an infectious disease expert at Trillium Health Partners, a Toronto-based hospital group, recommends that since Canadians are "big travelers" to Zika-infested regions, they need to take steps to protect themselves from infection.
Gut Bacteria May Be The Key To Happiness
Scientists say that the key to happiness may well lie within our gut bacteria. The findings of recent researches show how prebiotics enhace good bacteria in the stomach, improving brain function and sense of well being.
Outdoor Swimming May Improve Physical And Mental Health
New studies reveal the health benefits you can get from outdoor swimming. From a healthy, glowing, skin, stronger resistance, to a happier mood, open water swimming definitely proves to be an invigorating form of exercise and fun.
Mental Health Deaths Double In Three Years
A recent statistic in England reports that mental health deaths have risen by 50% in the last three years. Funding cuts experienced by mental health facilities is identified as the primary reason for the rise in deaths.
Zika Virus Could Have Harmful Heart Effects
The ZXika virus has many negative effects on people afflicted by it. The Zika virus could have harmful heart effects as well.
Zika Vaccine: Human Trials On Mosquito Saliva Begin
Human testing has begun on a new vaccine that makes humans taste bad to Aedes Aegypti, the Zika-carrying tropical mosquito. The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) launched last week Phase 1 of clinical trials to test a vaccine intended to protect against mosquito-born viruses.
CDC Zika Warning: Be Prepared For Mosquito Season
Spring break is just around the corner, and the CDC wants travelers to remember that the Zika virus is still a concern. Ramping up efforts to warn people about Zika as we edge closer to mosquito season, the authority on diseases discuss current mosquito control practices.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
The Role of Technology in Education in 2019
2019 is proving to be another great year for trends in educational technology. There are many upcoming trends that seem to have a bearing on the future of the sector with respect to technology.
New Retroreflective Material Could be Used in Nighttime Color-Changing Road Signs
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A thin film that reflects light in intriguing ways could be used to make road signs that shine brightly and change color at night, according to a study that will be published on Aug. 9 in Science Advances.
Top 5 Video Games to Play for a Truly Unique First Date
Video games have a way of taking us outside of ourselves and live in a fantasy world. It's even better when you're playing a game with someone special!