How You Can Protect Yourself From The Zika Virus
Due to the latest reports involving the outbreak of the Zika virus in the Caribbean and Latin America, the WHO (World Health Organization) has suggested that mosquitoes that include the species the Albopictus, Aedes, and Aedes Aegypti are the type that is currently spreading the Zika virus. These same species are associated with transmitting the chikungunya and dengue virus that is believed to have found its way across all the nations that fall under the Western Hemisphere. The only parts that are exempt from this threat include specific parts of Canada and Chile where the colder climates and high elevations may avoid these species from breeding.
However, this does not mean that the cases associated with the Zika virus will not be reported in other areas of the world. In fact, the very first case that was sexually transmitted was reported in the U.S.A in Dallas Texas in February this year. The confirmed test result from the CDC showed that this virus was present in the individual’s blood stream. This person was confirmed as a non-traveler from the United States. The confirmation of this sexual transmission is not likely going to remain the first incidence. It has been stated that there is now evidence in place that Zika is also transmitted through the process of blood transfusions.
If you plan to travel soon, here are a few ways you can protect yourself from the Zika virus:
•Use the CDC website that can offer you with the latest information associated with Zika.
•If you happen to be pregnant, or you are planning to have a baby soon, avoid travel plans to any of the areas where Zika is circulating.
•To make use of condoms when participating in any types of sexual intercourse.
•If you do decide to travel to any one of the affected areas, make sure yourself arm you with mosquito repellent particularly the varieties that contain the chemical known as DEET with a 40% or higher concentration. Other considerations include using a mosquito netting and wearing long pants and sleeved shirts.
•If you wear sunscreen, make sure you apply your preferred sunscreen before you use an insect repellent.
•Buy clothing items that have been treated using permethrin or treat your gear and clothing with permethrin.
•While you are visiting an area affected by the Zika virus, ensure that window screens and windows are securely closed while sleeping or use a mosquito net for further protection.
•Ensure you use the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites throughout the day and night. Mosquitoes that are known for transmitting Zika are difficult to avoid because these species feed during the day opposed to the species that only come out at night.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you are bitten by the species of mosquito known as the Aedes that is carrying Zika, what is the likelihood that you will contract the virus and become sick?
The CDC estimates that one out of five people who become infected with the virus will land up contracting the disease.
What can you expect from this disease?
For individuals that pick up the disease, this illness is described as mild and will include symptoms such as red eyes, joint paint, a rash, and fever. However, it can become fatal, and some deaths in Colombia have recently been reported.
What will happen once you become infected with the Zika virus?
You will typically become immune from contracting any future infections.
Are there any vaccines that can prevent Zika?
To date, there is no known vaccine. In fact, various health experts have put out a warning that the development of a vaccine can take many years.