(Article) What you need to know about Zika virus

What you need to know about Zika virus

By – John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributing Editor for Harvard Health Publications
Until recently, Zika was an obscure virus, confined to equatorial Africa and Asia, and known only to specialists in tropical medicine. It was discovered in 1947, when scientists studying yellow fever in the Zika Forest of Uganda stumbled on a previously unknown virus in a feverish rhesus monkey. In 1958, it was shown that Zika is primarily spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito…

The vast majority of people with Zika virus are not very sick. In fact, most have no symptoms at all…

In those who do get symptoms, the most common finding is an itchy red rash. Fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, and inflamed eyes are also frequent. People typically recover in 2 to 7 days, and death is rare… READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

Key facts from WHO

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
  • Full Fact Sheet on the Zika Virus

More Info:
What the rise of Zika (and other viruses) might tell us about our planet – Harvard Health Publications
4 ways to protect your family from mosquitoes – Harvard Health Publications
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Viruses – CDC
Mosquito Bite Prevention – CDC