Last year, the Ebola virus was the disease . This year, the Zika virus is the disease threatening to cause a widespread epidemic.
The disease is spread by mosquitoes. For most adult patients, Zika symptoms seem to be less severe than fever symptoms, but some doctors fear that the virus may hurt unborn babies, by causing problems — such as "microcephaly," or an unusually small head — that could kill a baby or leave a baby with severe developmental issues.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently put out a travel alert aimed at pregnant women planning to travel to the Central American, Caribbean and some South American countries already affected by the virus. It does appear that the CDC is most concerned with Pregnant Women traveling in areas that the virus may be present.
There does not seem to be any need for widespread panic and unless you are traveling to an area that has diagnosed instances of the Zika Virus, you should not have much cause for concern.
What we know :
Do YOU have Zika?
1. Have you traveled recently to a Zika infected country?
2. Have you been bitten by a mosquito while in that infected country?
3. Have you had any of the symptoms described in the list below?
4. Did you visit your doctor and did they test you for Zika?
If you answered yes to those questions: Do not panic.
Avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes again (see the infographic below) and follow your primary physician’s orders.
The most common Zika symptoms are:
And/or conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Other common symptoms:
For more information, go to the CDC Zika virus page.
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