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Transcript of Zika Virus
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus related to yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, and Japanese encephalitis viruses. In 2007 ZIKV caused an outbreak of relatively mild disease characterized by rash, arthralgia, and conjunctivitis on Yap Island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. This was the first time that ZIKV was detected outside of Africa and Asia. The history, transmission dynamics, virology, and clinical manifestations of ZIKV disease are discussed, along with the possibility for diagnostic confusion between ZIKV illness and dengue.The emergence of ZIKV outside of its previously known geographic range should prompt awareness of the potential for ZIKV to spread to other Pacific islands and the Americas.
Prevention of the disease
There is no specific anti-viral treatment for Zika virus infection available. Symptoms like headache and fever can be treated symptomatically. Hospital care is indicated in severe illnesses or if complications arise. The only way to avoid infection is to prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellents and wearing appropriate clothing.There is no medicine or vaccine available that prevents Zika virus infection. Medical attention must be sought for any feverish illness experienced whilst traveling or on your return home.
My thoughts on the virus
I think even though it isn't that deadly I still think it would be terrible to have this virus. For all symptoms would make any person miserable.
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Signs and symptoms
It is estimated that only about one in five people carrying the virus actually develop symptoms from zika virus infection. Zika virus infection arises about 10 days after a bite from an infected mosquito. It results in headache, mild fever, chills, conjunctivitis (red eyes), joint and muscle aches and rash.
By Jordan Matuszak