Deadly Zika Virus Affecting Pregnant Women Spreading Rapidly

Kaleigh M April 12th 2016 Other
In a video posted on CNN.com, Dr. Sanjay Gupta informs viewers about the basics of the Zika virus that everyone should know. This disease is now known to infect people worldwide. This disease has just recently begun exploding around the planet. In fact, the Zika virus was unheard of 70 years ago. Now that it is becoming more and more common, it is important to educate yourself on the virus. Common symptoms associated with the Zika virus are red eyes, headaches, fever, and rash. However, it is possible for individuals to show no signs at all. In fact, studies show that 4 out of 5 individuals who have the Zika virus don’t even know that they were infected.
Not only does the virus causes severe symptoms on its own, but the Zika virus is has been associated with Guillain - Barre. Guillain-Barre is an autoimmune disorder that could result in paralysis. In addition to this autoimmune disease, studies also show a connection between the virus and microcephaly neurological disorder. Microcephaly neurobiological disorder affects unborn babies while they are growing in their mother’s fetus. This disorder causes babies to born with both a small head and small brain. This disorder can lead to severe developmental issues within the child, and even death. In the United States, officials strongly suggest that pregnant women avoid traveling to countries where the Zika virus is currently active. Scientists also recommend that men who have been exposed to the virus wear a condom in order to protect unborn fetuses.
The virus is primarily spread through the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito. If an individual is bit by a mosquito who is a carrier of the Zika virus, they will become infected. While you may not see any clear signs of mosquitos in your home, the Aedes Aegypti could very likely be in your home. This mosquito is known for their ability to cleverly hide and breed inside houses - making them difficult to find and get rid of. In order to best protect yourself from this virus, be sure to wear thick clothing, use insecticide, and stay inside as often as possible. In addition, be sure to check your air-conditioning rooms/areas that could the mosquito could possibly hide. Be sure to also check outdoors and remove any standing water that could serve as a potential place for mosquitos to breed. Even though scientists have been tirelessly working on a cure, there is currently no vaccine or medicine to treat Zika, so make sure you are as prepared as possible.

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