Latest news, events and important info about the Zika Virus
The mosquito Zika virus:
27th April 2016
BREAKING NEWS: President Obama will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika Virus threat. With cases now spreading across America, Zika is set to become a world problem.
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito but only1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes (conjunctivitis). Other symptoms include muscle pain and headache rather like a mild flu. symptoms can last for several days to a week and are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya, though milder. The incubation period for the Zika virus varies from a few days to a week. Although known about since the 40's, it was not discovered in humans until 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Since then outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
Zika virus infects the blood for a few weeks and is passed from an infected person to a mosquito via mosquito bites. The infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.
TREATMENT: Theres is no known treatment at the moment for Zika, though natural supplements can help by increasing the bodies immune system. One can take medication to relieve the fever and pain, though some natural alternatives are given below. Do not take aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Take plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration.
MAJOR CONCERNS: The biggest threat comes not from your infection but the damage it can do to unborn babies. Sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible, and is of particular concern during pregnancy. Pregnant women infected by the Zika virus stand a high risk of their unborn baby suffering from microcephaly. This where the new born baby has a smaller head and brain than normal. The brains of these children do not develop properly, and they face severe learning difficulties, and the possibility of an early death.
REMEDY: A single breeding female can over its month-long lifespan produce 500 more mosquitoes, which could give birth to a further 125,000 before they themselves die off, producing millions more and so on. Its therefore important to remove as much of their breeding areas as possible. Even an empty drink can with a spoonful of water inside is sufficient to start a breeding frenzy. The Oxitec laboratory in the UK may have a valuable weapon to fight against all mosquitoes. Breeding genetically altered male mosquitoes into infected environments. The males interact with local females with the result that the females eggs are sterile. But as usual, many countries have failed to utilize this technique even though know about for many years due to complacency and resistance to spend any money. Maybe if every prime minister of leader of those countries contracted the virus and suffered an abnormal birth, their vision would be lit and money would be forthcoming in a flash. Until then and as usual, many thousands of millions will have to suffer.