Today’s article is focused on Zika which causing an epidemic around the world. I hope this article helps the readers to know everthing abour this dangerous infection.
Zika in itself is a virus and the infection it causes is also named as Zika. It can cause brain damage in babies carried by Zika infected mother.
Zika is a transmittable disease. Mosquitoes can act as their transmitants.
Pregnant women can transmit this virus to their unborn babies.
Men can transmit Zika to their sexual partners.
Symptoms of the person having Zika
Mostly Zika has no symptoms as such. Some people can develop a certain rash, conjunctivitis, pain in joints, moderate to high fever, headaches, muscle pain and vomiting. These symptoms can last up to seven- ten days.
If you are pregnant then it is safe to get yourself checked by taking the blood tests that look for Zika and similar viruses.
Harmful Effects of Zika
Zika primarily affects the brain of unborn babies. The babies born infected with Zika may have under developed brain or microcephaly. This can cause seizures and delay in development of other body functions like hearing or sight. These kind of babies can suffer poor growth as well.
Ways to avoid Zika
“Prevention is always better than cure.” There are few ways in which one can avoid getting Zika, they are mentioned as under;
- For pregnant ladies it is advisable to avoid travelling to Zika infected areas.
- If male partners are travelling to Zika infected areas, then they should avoid having intercourse with their pregnant partners. If at all you have sex then use condoms to have safe sex.
- Use insect repellents where ever you spend most part of the day like homes or office.
- Wear long sleeves tops and use trousers or full length jeans to keep your legs covered.
- Stay in air conditioned areas.
Cure for Zika
The fact which makes Zika so dangerous is that, there is no cure for Zika. There is no vaccine for Zika as well. If someone is infected with Zika then the person has to;
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids like water, juices, lemonade etc.
- Take lot of rest.
- Take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or paracetamol to cope with fever and body pain.
- Do not in any case take any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen or aspirin.
How long does Zika stay in the body?
Studies show that Zika usually gets cleared from the infected person’s blood stream in a week or so. In some people its presence has been seen for as long as eight weeks too.
Zika does not easily gets removed from semen. Traces of Zika have been seen in infected male up to ten weeks from getting infected.
If a Zika infected couple is trying to conceive, then it is advisable to wait for 9-10 weeks before resuming. Once Zika gets removed from the blood stream it is highly unlikely that it will affect the future pregnancies.
Stay safe and raise healthy babies.