All the Facts You Ever Wanted To Know On the Mosquito-Transmitted Zika Virus
As if regular mosquito bites weren’t bad enough, the pest gained more notoriety as a carrier of the Zika virus. Our Spring Lake NJ exterminator takes a look at the facts you should know about this health hazard.
Contraction and Transmission
Humans primarily contract the Zika virus through a bite from an infected female mosquito. The same species is also a known carrier of dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
According to the World Health Organization, transmission of the Zika virus through sexual contact is relatively common. On the other hand, instances of transmission via blood transfusion are rare, while there’s no evidence to date that infants can contract the disease through breast milk.
Symptoms of Infection
The Zika virus can cause flu-like symptoms, such as muscle and joint pain, fever and fatigue, that may last up to a week. Experts say as many as 80 percent of those infected will be asymptomatic.
Pregnant women and their offspring are vulnerable to the most serious effects of the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says babies born to women who have become infected with Zika may develop microcephaly, a severe brain abnormality.
There is currently no treatment or vaccine for the Zika virus. Experts advise people to use preventive measures, such as insect repellent and mosquito netting.
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