Top 10 Facts About The Mosquito Bourne Zika Virus
If you’ve heard about the Zika Virus then you may know how dangerous it can be, but we are going to look at 10 facts that you may not know about the Zika Mosquito Virus.
10. Transmission – Unlike Ebola, The Zika is an RNA virus thats related to West Nile, yellow fever, and dengue fever viruses.
These types of Virus can, currently, only be transmitted by mosquito so you wont be catching the Zika virus from other people…..yet!
9. Zika Virus Symptoms – The Zika Virus has very few symptoms if you become infected with 80% of those already infected showing no symptoms of the virus being present, with those showing any symptoms at all having a small rash and fever.
There have been reports of a few rare cases causing muscle and joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes, and conjunctivitis however these are thought to be rare
8. Unborn Babies – The Zika Virus poses a serious threat to unborn children with pregnant women who are infected often falling ill and giving birth to children suffering from Microcephaly which can cause brain damage and delays in speech, movement and growth.
Unborn’s are currently by far the most at threat from the virus.
7. No Vaccine – There is currently no vaccine for the Zika Virus however plans are being drawn up to develop some type of cure based on the Rubella vaccine.
It is currently unclear how far scientists are to making a cure for the virus.
6. Origins – The Zika Virus started in Africa and was originally named ZIKV after being discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest in Uganda.
It was discovered that it can infect both Mosquito’s and Mice before it spread to Asia and Polynesia in 2007 and then Latin America in 2014.
5. On The Move – Puerto Rico has reported cases of the virus and it has now thought to have integrated itself into their mosquito population.
This puts much of the gulf coast now at risk and the virus is expected to head north during the summer months.
4. Travel Cases – The first travel associated case of Zika was reported in 2007 and from then till 2014 a total of 14 cases were reported within US borders.
In the last year 8 cases have been reported to the CDC however this figure is expected to increase with other cases still being tested.
3. Mosquito Travellers – It has been made clear by the CDC that they don’t think Mosquito’s will be brought to foreign countries with travellers and state that only a fraction of the bugs in epidemic areas actually carry the virus.
In recent months however this has now been proven to be incorrect as several countries in the Americas and Europe have now confirmed the virus has changed to normal mosquito’s.
2. Insect Repellent – There are ways to try and prevent infection from the virus with insect repellents containing at least 20 percent DEET and other well known repellents including Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or IR3535 and remember that mosquito’s are most active between the hours of dawn and dusk.
1. Preventing Zika Long Term – There have been ways suggested on how to control or even eradicate the virus, but by far the best way would be to control Mosquito breeding.
We already know that they breed in places like water-filled habitats and that they can be killed by certain pesticides but these have been known to damage the environment and be harmful to human health.
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