Zika Virus

June 16, 2018 Source: Internal - Usman K - Zika Virus

What is Zika Virus?

Zika is a virus that is predominantly spread by infected mosquitoes (Aedes Aegypti), other viruses that are spread by this mosquito include Yellow Fever and West Nile virus. The Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 in the Zika Forest in Uganda. Human cases of Zika virus infection weren't monitored in the early twenty-first century, however, particularly in the Americas in 2015/16, it became predominant and gained international attention.

What are its symptoms? How is it transmitted?

In July, Brazil reported neurological disorders in people with a history of Zika infection, other symptoms of Zika Virus include; Headache, Fever, Sore Eyes, Joint Pain and Rash. Infected mosquitoes are the primary vectors of the virus, they are active in the day and they become infected with Zika virus when it bites an individual who is already infected.

Who can contract Zika Virus?

Anyone traveling to countries known for Zika are in risk of contracting it, however, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention specifically recommends extra precautions for women who are pregnant, travelers who have a pregnant partner or travelers considering pregnancy.

What can you do about it?

Pregnant women should NOT travel to areas that are renowned for its Zika. A Zika infection during pregnancy can cause SERIOUS birth defects! All travelers who plan to travel to Zika Countries should try and prevent mosquito bites and use condoms or just not have sex, to protect against Zika while traveling. If you must travel, talk to your doctor or visit our clinic before you travel. In most cases the doctors will give vaccines and stress steps on preventing sexual transmission during your trip.