One thing that everyone is scared or wants to stay away from is diseases or infections that have a toll on the health for a longer duration of time. When someone gets Fever, we give the necessary medicines, but there might be cases where the Fever might be more than just cough, cold, or stuffy running nose.
Dengue fever and fever caused by the Zika virus are more dreadful and we should be more prepared so that even if we are infected with the virus, we can minimize the impact by treating at an early stage. Until a few years back, Zika virus was virtually unknown and people became more aware it after numerous cases of Zika were reported across India. In India, infection via the Zika virus is rare i.e. less than five thousand per year, but it is always better to have awareness about it.
Today we have a look at the symptoms and preventive measures for controlling for minimizing the impact of the Zika Virus.
Amesh Adalja, MD and spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of India says – ‘Zika has never been thought as a severe infectious disease until now’. Zika can spread when infected people
indulge in a sexual intercourse. It is advisable that infected people do not have intercourse until the infection is completely gone, else their partner would also be affected by the Zika virus. Pregnant women can pass on the infection of Zika to their fetus; which means that there serious implications
of having intercourse when diagnosed with the Zika virus. Zika virus can be found in urine, semen, blood, saliva, and fluids in the eye of the infected people.
Zika Virus – Symptoms & Transmission
Medical studies indicate that a vast majority of infected people do not show any signs of infection.Mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus mostly bite during the daytime. The time from exposure to
symptoms is close to 3 to 14 days. Some of the early signs are fever, joint pain, redness in the eyes,and rashes on the body. The Zika virus is transmitted via the Aedes mosquitoes, the same type of mosquito that carries Dengue fever, Chikungunya, and Yellow fever.
° Zika virus infection is also a trigger of Guillain bare syndrome, neuropathy, and myelitis in adults & older children.
° Zika infection during the period of pregnancy can also result in stillbirth or premature birth.
Now that you are educated about the Zika virus symptons let’s have a look at the ‘Preventive Measures’ for the infection.
Zika Virus – Prevention
There is a very effective preventive measure for protecting yourself and your family members against the deadly Zika virus. The solution is protection against mosquito bites during the day and early evening since this is where the mosquitoes that inject Zika virus are highly active. Special attention should be given to kids, toddlers, elderly people, and women of reproductive age. The question is – How do you protect yourself from the trap of the Zika Virus? The best approach to
Zika virus prevention is using Mosquito repellents in your home. Mosquito repellents work as a shield
against mosquitoes. It contains eucalyptus oil which is considered absolutely safe for children.
However, you should make use of Mosquito repellents from a trusted brand like Goodknight since they have a range of products – mosquito repellents, fabric roll-on, mats, etc. Products like
Goodknight Fabric Roll-on protect you when you outside your house since this is where you might get infected with a majority of the diseases!
Essential ingredients like citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, lavender, clove, etc. which are present in mosquito repellents ensure that you have an all-round protection from the mosquito menace. Using mosquito repellent is the primary mosquite prevention approach and should not be ignored at any cost!
Stay protected, Stay Safe.