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Zika Virus Need to Know Facts

Zika Virus Update

zikaThe Zika virus is still in the News.  Political issues have put funding on hold.  This is not putting the mosquito or the virus on hold.  MedQ Smart pill Bop offer these answers to Ziks’s top questions.

Can I travel anywhere I want?

No,  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel advisory.

Am I at risk Zika infection?

Most Zika Virus cases in the US were contracted in a country where Zika is common.

How is it contracted?

Zika is contracted and spread from an infected Aedes mosquito. It is found in 30 states. The CDC said that since the mosquitos can only travel 150 meters,  widespread infection is unlikely.  Zika  can be transmitted during sex.  It can also come from a pregnant woman to her baby.

What are the symptoms of Zika

Most people will not even know they have it.  Some will have mild  fever, rash, muscle or joint pain. Symptoms  last for a few days.

 What is the big fear then?

Babies born to pregnant women with a Zika virus infection may be born with severe birth defects.

How do you prevent transmission?

You can’t, there is no Zika vaccine.  The best way to prevent Zika is not to get bitten by an  infected mosquito.

What about traveling?

The CDC recommends pregnant women avoid areas with Zika.

Who should be screened for Zika?

The CDC recommends:

  • Health care Providers
  • Pregnant women
  • Women living or frequently traveling to a Zika environment,
  • Having sex with someone who has tested positive.

There are no treatment or vaccine for Zika. The CDC recommends resting, drinking fluids and to take acetaminophen. Patients should check with their healthcare provider before taking pills.

If you know any boby who has been infected, report it to the CDC.  They will put it in the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry.

Helpful links:
Zika Virus Information for Healthcare Providers(CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Zika Virus
Florida Department of Health: Zika Virus

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