Zika virus is a virus from Flaviviridae family and is mainly transmitted to human beings by mosquitoes. Many researchers have proved that it is similar pathogenic vector-borne viruses such as chikungunya and dengue. Here is an overview of invasion of zika virus:
What are the Symptoms?
The most common Zika symptoms are fever, joint pain, rash, or even conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other symptoms include a headache and muscle pain. No medical research has verified the incubation period of Zika virus disease since the symptoms often vary from one time to another (from few days to even weeks).
However, you should consult your doctor or any other healthcare provider whenever you develop a rash, fever, joint pain, or even red eyes within two weeks after traveling to any place where Zika virus has been reported. With their experience, they will help you prevent the spread of the virus through the appropriate medical measures.
You should avoid contact with people who have the Zika virus since it can remain in the blood stream of the infected person for weeks without being detected.
What is the diagnosis?
The Zika symptoms are similar to those of chikungunya and dengue. Mosquitoes spread These diseases. Before traveling to places with mosquitoes, you should do your online research and verify if there have been cases of Zika virus outbreak.
What is the treatment?
The treatment options are:
- There is no medicine to treat or vaccine to prevent Zika virus.
- Treat the symptoms:
· Get plenty of sleep and rest
· Drink fluids to prevent body dehydration
Take medicine like paracetamol or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce pain and fever. Do not take aspirin or any other common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) until you rule out dengue to reduce the bleeding risks. You should consult your doctor any other healthcare provider if you are taking medicine for another medical condition to avoid side effects
If you have Zika, you can prevent mosquito bites during the 1st week of your illness. Zika virus can be found in the blood in the first week of infection, and can be easily passed from an infected individual to a mosquito via mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can easily spread the virus from one person to another
In conclusion, the above is an overview of invasion of zika virus that should help you make a wise and safe traveling decision.