The Zika Virus is fast becoming a serious health issue in the United States. Here in Texas the Dallas Morning News recently confirmed there are Six Known Cases of Zika. All of the cases are in people who had recently returned from international travel however, no LOCAL transmissions of the disease have been confirmed.-SF
- What is Zika?
Zika is a virus that has rapidly spread throughout South and Central America.
2. Why should I be concerned about Zika?
3. How is Zika spread?
Zika is spread through mosquito bites or from pregnant mothers to their unborn children.
4. How will I know if I have Zika?
Signs and symptoms of Zika present like the flu, including fever, but also may include a headache, rash, joint pain, muscle pain and red eyes.
5. How dangerous is Zika?
About one in five people exposed to Zika will become ill. Most people experience only mild illness and discomfort several days to a week. The need for hospitalization is rare. Death is possible, but extremely rare. Zika is of greatest concern to pregnant women as the disease may have a link to brain deformities in the child.
6. How can I prevent Zika?
At this time, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best course of action is to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites in known Zika affected areas. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts. Use non-toxic insect repellent and reapply often as necessary.
7. What should I do if I think I have Zika?
See your healthcare provider if you develop the signs and symptoms of Zika. Make sure to tell them if you have traveled to areas know to have been affected by Zika. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Fever, headaches and muscle pain can be treated with over the counter acetaminophen, but aspirin should be avoided until dengue fever can be ruled out.
8. Where can I get more information about Zika?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) page about Zika:http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
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