What is Zika Virus?
Zika fever is also known as Zika Virus disease it is spread by a species of mosquitoes called AEDES
It was first identified in 1947 in Uganda.
Until 2007, this virus was limited to Africa.
Aedes is also known for spreading dangerous viruses such as dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever etc.
According to Amesh Adalja, MD, a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Zika has “never been thought of as a severe infectious disease until now,”
Symptoms of Zika virus
Most common symptoms are
• Joint Pain
• Redness in eyes
80% do not have any symptoms, and only Only 20% of the people exhibit symptoms of the Zika Virus.
The symptoms usually start showing up 2 to 7 days after infection and last for almost a week.
It’s important for a pregnant woman to get Zika virus test done if she is experiencing from any such symptoms
IMPACT Of Zika Virus
• Impact On Babies
Microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is abnormally smaller than normal babies. It is a birth defect. This often leads to miscarriage or stillbirth.
Babies born infected with Zika may have various health problems like
* Intellectual disability
* Hearing loss
* Vision and Feeding problems.
These problems can range from mild to severe and are often lifelong
• Impact on Adults
* The Zika Virus affects the immune system in adults.
* There is also a link with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition where the healthy nerve cells are attacked by the immune system.
* Zika Virus can also affect the brain of a patient which leads to swelling and other neurological dysfunctions
Zika Virus In India
February 2016 to January 2017 was when the first 3 incidents of Zika Virus was reported in India (Ahmedabad).
An elderly man, a new mother and a pregnant woman. All of them were from BJ Medical College, run by the Gujarat Government. As per the health commissioner of Gujarat.
Zika virus was confirmed, but the source of the virus was still unknown.
No Symptoms of microcephaly or brain damage etc was seen on the infant delivered by the infected woman.
The woman, with positive for Zika, had no travel history 3 months prior to the delivery.
She developed a low-grade fever soon after delivery
HOW CAN ZIKA VIRUS BE TREATED
No vaccine or actual treatment for Zika has been found till now.
The disease normally lasts for a week, and it usually gets treated in that period itself.
An infected person must take rest and drink lots of fluids to prevent Dehydration
The person must also avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin.
It’s is important to make people aware of What is ZIKA VIRUS
How to prevent Zika Virus?
We can prevent Zika Virus by making sure that there are no mosquitoes around us.
- The Aedes mosquito breeds in fresh water. So we must make sure to throw out the water collected in unused bottles, buckets, birdbaths, etc.
- Use Goodknight Activ+ System at home. Goodknight is the best to get rid of mosquitoes.
- Take extra care while going out by using personal mosquito repellents like Goodknight Fabric Roll-On, Patches and Cool Gel.
- If you are travelling to a place where there is a Zika outbreak, be extra careful and get the tests done once you are back.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure .
Always be safe by staying away from mosquitoes.