I know we’re all hoping Old Man Winter is just about done. With that being said a lot of people are preparing for those first trips to break away from cabin fever; and I don’t blame yall. But lets talk about a virus that’s spreading perhaps in one of those locations your planning on traveling to just to be alert, and due to the fact there has been a 3,000 percent increase in global search interest on the Zika virus.
The Zika virus disease is primarily spreaded through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. The name Zika comes from the Zika forest of Uganda. It is currently a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Many people don’t realize they’ve been infected because the symptoms are mild and usually only last 2 days- week.
The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes (bloodshot red). Unfortunately there are bio vaccines to avoid the virus. The mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus bite mostly in the daytime. So just a few ways to perhaps prevent yourself from contracting the Zika virus:
- Wear long sleeve shirts and pants
- Stay in places with air conditioner or where they have window or door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering
- If you must sleep outside sleep under a mosquito bed net
Also use insect repellent; if pregnant or using for a child/baby please consult your physician first
Now we know your saying great info but where are these areas to consider before traveling? Well actually living in the US every state has had at least 1 travel associated case from 2015 through February 2016. But US states with 10+ cases are New York, Texas, Florida, and California. Non have resulted in death. As far as countries and areas with active transmission of the Zika virus:
- Africa, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Brazil, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and America Samoa
So as eager as we are to get away just make sure your alert with your public travel health concerns. For more info feel free to check out www.cdc.gov
Blog post by: DaPrincezz