Zika Virus is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae and the genue Flavivirus, transmitted by daytime- active Aedes mosquitoes, such as aegypti. Its name comes from the Zika Forest of Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1947.
From the first case in May 2015 to February 1st 2016 when WHO declared Zika an “international emergency” – How the Zika Virus spread took hold,
The Zika virus is now sexually transmitted, i.e a person who have gotten the virus by a mosquito bite in South America can spead it sexually to partners at home.
so is this thing airborne too?just saw the lady and her little girl on tv that had the Zika virus that sat right on the side of me on the plane going to Houston. and I was sick for three weeks.
- About 1 in 5 people infecte
d with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika).
- The most common symptoms of Zika arefever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.
- The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
- Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for a few days but it can be found longer in some people.
- Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
- Deaths are rare.
- The symptoms of Zika are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya, diseases spread through the same mosquitoes that transmit Zika.
- See your healthcare provider if you develop the symptoms described above and have visited an area where Zika is found.
- If you have recently traveled, tell your healthcare provider when and where you traveled.
- Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya.
- No vaccine or medications are available to prevent or treat Zika infections.
- Treat the symptoms:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Take medicine such as acetaminophen to relieve fever and pain.
- Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen. Aspirin and NSAIDs should be avoided until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of hemorrhage (bleeding). If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.
- If you have Zika, prevent mosquito bites for the first week of your illness.
- During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites.
- An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.