About Zika

Anopheles_stephensiConcerned about Zika?                                                                                                                   Zika is a virus transmitted by an infected mosquito or from sexual transmission from a person who has contracted the Zika virus. It is  scientifically linked to birth defects in newborns by infecting pregnant women. Known birth defects most common are microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Persons infected may have mild symptoms to include headache, body and joint aches, fever, rash, and conjunctivitis. Current treatment is to treat the symptoms of illness. To date there is no vaccination to prevent Zika. You can prevent infection with Zika by avoiding mosquito bites, travel to known infected areas and sexual exposure to those who have traveled to infected areas. Use of insect repellent measures and condoms are recommended.

For the most detailed and up-to-date information on Zika, visit CDC @ http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html  also the World Health Organization @ http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/