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What are the symptoms of zika virus?

What are the symptoms of zika virus?

About Zika...: It can be hard to tell if a person has Zika, because the symptoms of Zika are not unique to Zika. About 1 in 5 infected people get symptoms of Zika, such as fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eye), muscle aches, headache. About 4 of 5 infected people do not get noticeable symptoms. More research and knowledge will come in 2016 and beyond. Zika is also sexually transmitted between humans. ...Read more

Zika Virus (Definition)

Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The mosquito vectors typically breed in domestic water-holding containers; they are aggressive daytime biters and feed both indoors and outdoors near dwellings. Nonhuman and human primates are likely the main reservoirs of the virus, and human-to-mosquito-to-human transmission occurs during outbreaks. Transmission occurs from mother to baby, via sexual ...Read more


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Can you tell something about zika virus?

Can you tell something about zika virus?

Please repost: Do you mean "can you tell ME something" about the zika virus or do you mean "can you tell" whether someone has contracted it? If it's the first, please repost and explain what you mean by "something." Or, you can learn way more than just "something" about the virus on the website of the Centers for Disease Control. ...Read more

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Where does a mosquito get the Zika virus from?

Where does a mosquito get the Zika virus from?

Short answer: By injesting blood from an infected Human or in some regions an infected Monkey. For more details visit the CDC's webpage on emerging infectious diseases or your state department of health's web page for current details in your area. This link is also useful. Http://www. Mosquito-va. Org/pdfs/2014%20Presentations/5%20-%20ChikungunaDengueZikaPresentation (1).pdf ...Read more

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How do you prevent catching the Zika virus?

How do you prevent catching the Zika virus?

Avoid certain areas: Most importantly, avoid travel to areas designated by the CDC as high risk. You can find an updated list on the CDC website. If travel to one of these areas cannot be avoided, make sure to apply insect repellant frequently and to wear long sleeves and pants. Make sure all windows and doors have screens if they are to remain open. Get rid of standing water as this is where mosquitos breed. ...Read more

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I am traveling to Anguilla in he British West Indies next week. Has the Zika virus been a problem there? What are the risks for a 60 year old couple?

I am traveling to Anguilla in he British West Indies next week. Has the Zika virus been a problem there? What are the risks for a 60 year old couple?

Visit CDC. Gov: For the latest list of high risk areas, visit CDC. Gov. The risks for a non-pregnant individual is to manifest a mild illness with symptoms such as fever, rash, joint and bone aches. It is however important to protect yourself during travel to prevent infection and the potential to infect others. ...Read more

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In which countries in the Americas do I have to worry about Zika virus from mosquito bites?

In which countries in the Americas do I have to worry about Zika virus from mosquito bites?

22 countries:: As of Jan 27, 2016, these countries have Zika virus transmission in the Americas:

Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
French Guiana
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Martinique
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Puerto Rico
Saint Martin
Suriname
U.S. Virgin Islands
Venezuela ...Read more

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My baby is 1mo and we're in Brazil. I'm concerned about the Zika virus. Witch repellent should I use?

My baby is 1mo and we're in Brazil. I'm concerned about the Zika virus. Witch repellent should I use?

Not deet: DEET isn't recommended before 2 months. There are many formulas based on natural products that may be helpful. Use mostly on clothing rather than the infant. I haven't found any reliable source that Zika is dangerous to infants. The known damage is teratogenic. Meaning it happens before birth. ...Read more

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How do doctors test for Zika Virus?

How do doctors test for Zika Virus?

We ask Questions 1st: Doctor's determine Zika Virus by first determining clinic symptoms. Meaning if a patient has symptoms like fevers, rashes, muscle pains or red eyes. Then we think of the possiblility of Zika and ask questions about travel history like to Brazil and make sure it is not something else like dengue. Then we test the blood for presence of Zika Virus which is done through the CDC. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a family cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with the zika virus outbreak? My children are 7 and 10.

Is it ok to take a family cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with the zika virus outbreak? My children are 7 and 10.

ZIKA AND RISK: Travelling to Zika virus infested areas is of importance if you are planning pregnancy. Otherwise the routine of avoiding mosquitoes bites is what is recommended. The statistics are as below very small for the Virgin islands.

Puerto Rico 7 (88) 2, 474 (98)
US Virgin Islands 1 (12) 21 (1) ...Read more

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Does being infected with the Zika virus once brings immunity from future infections? If infected again, will a person still be able to infect others?

Does being infected with the Zika virus once brings immunity from future infections? If infected again, will a person still be able to infect others?

Confers immunity: According to the CDC, once a person has been infected with Zika, that person is likely to be protected from future Zika infections. As more research is underway, we are likely to have a broader understanding in the near future. For more information, visit http://www. Cdc. Gov/zika/. ...Read more

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Does Zika virus affects toddlers brain development?

Does Zika virus affects toddlers brain development?

Unknown: Rapid changes in size & number of nerve cells occur during early pregnancy & the germ targets developing cells. They kill them & the brain does not grow. Without brain mass the skull doesn't enlarge as fast =microcephaly. Many adults & older kids have few if any symptoms with zika. It is likely that toddlers could be more susceptible since their brain is still growing but we have little info yet ...Read more

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Is Zika virus in a mother's breast milk?

Is Zika virus in a mother's breast milk?

No: There have been no reports of Zika virus transmission from mother to infant during breastfeeding. Given the benefits of breastfeeding, the CDC recommends that women continue to breastfeed even in areas that are high risk for Zika virus. For more information, visit http://www. Cdc. Gov/zika/. ...Read more

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If possibly infected with Zika virus, how long should I wait before safely trying to conceive? I was bitten in Belize and maybe in Honduras in Dec.

If possibly infected with Zika virus, how long should I wait before safely trying to conceive? I was bitten in Belize and maybe in Honduras in Dec.

Consult your doc: The Zika virus remains in the blood of an infected person for a few days to a week, and a pregnancy that is conceived after the virus has cleared from the blood will not be affected. However given the potential danger of Zika in pregnancy, consult your physician prior to attempting to conceive. For more information, visit http://www. Cdc. Gov/zika/. ...Read more

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I live in Nj and trying to conceive, I'm concerned about Zika virus. Should I be worried? I don't even think I have had a recent mosquito bite, help!

I live in Nj and trying to conceive, I'm concerned about Zika virus. Should I be worried? I don't even think I have had a recent mosquito bite, help!

Zika virus: Check the CDC website for more information on Zika virus, also your local health department would have enough information on the latest where you live, good luck ...Read more

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I read that there was 1 case of Zika virus (spread from mosquitos) in Puerto Rico as of 1/1/16 and there "may" be a link between the zika virus and microcephaly in newborns. (Sharp increase in both in Brazil in one year) I got bit about 20 times over a 10

Proof may be coming: If a pregnant woman visited or lives in an area where Zika virus transmission has happened or is possible, and she has or had Zika-like symptoms, she can get tested, and her baby fetus checked by ultrasound. If a woman has no symptoms but an ultrasound shows a small head or calcium spots in the brain, she can also get tested. As of January 2016, researchers are still gathering evidence about Zika. ...Read more

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If someone was to get the zika virus, would it eventually leave the body? Would they have anything to worry about if they weren't pregnant?

If someone was to get the zika virus, would it eventually leave the body? Would they have anything to worry about if they weren't pregnant?

Usually yes: The body forms antibodies to fight it off and it is like the flu and usually no problem if not pregnant and even if pregnant still a low chance of deformity but a real one of small head ...Read more

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What is with huge fear of zika virus? From what ive read its a very limited disease and the only people who should fear are pregnant women. Am I right?

What is with huge fear of zika virus? From what ive read its a very limited disease and the only people who should fear are pregnant women. Am I right?

More complicated: For most people it's a limited disease (minor flu-like symptoms). However, if a man travels to a country with Zika present and gets an infection, the Zika virus can live in his semen. He can then travel back to the US and infect his female partner while she's pregnant. It lives longer in the semen. Rarely, Zika infection can lead to Guillan Barre syndrome--ascending paralysis auto-immune cause ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel to barbados for a month when pregnant with the zika virus over there?

Is it safe to travel to barbados for a month when pregnant with the zika virus over there?

Dangers of Zika: Well Zika is endemic in the Caribbean, so you are taking on some risk. In fact, our CDC recommends that pregnant women DO NOT go there. If you must travel, talk to your doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
Because Zika can also be spread by sex, you have to be very careful of that too (not just mosquito bites!). Hopefully you can get more info. ...Read more

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What other infections in pregnant women cause small-headed babies, other than the Zika virus?

What other infections in pregnant women cause small-headed babies, other than the Zika virus?

Many infections: Rubella (German measles), toxoplasmosis, chicken pox, syphilis, cytomegalovirus, herpes, Parvovirus (fifth disease) usually cause mild disease in the mother but can be devastating to the developing fetus. ...Read more

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Is there more than one kind of Zika? I read there are African and Pacific Zika viruses.

Is there more than one kind of Zika? I read there are African and Pacific Zika viruses.

Same Virus: Information on Zika virus is changing rapidly; however, as far as I know, there is only one Zika virus. It started in Africa and spread from there. The Zika virus in Brazil isn't a new strain, its the same virus but has spread to a new location. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How is Zika spreading? How do mosquitoes get the virus... do they get it from other mosquitoes, or from biting a person infected with Zika?

How is Zika spreading? How do mosquitoes get the virus... do they get it from other mosquitoes, or from biting a person infected with Zika?

Animal to mosquito: Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes, which are infected only by feeding on infected animals. Probably several kinds of animals can be infected, in addition to humans. For people in affected areas, reducing mosquitoes in the environment (vector control) and avoiding mosquito bites (exposure control) are the only effective means of prevention. ...Read more

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Can you catch Zika from another person?

Can you catch Zika from another person?

ZIKA: Aedes mosquito: Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

Per CDC, there has been one report of possible spread of the virus through blood transfusion and one report of possible spread of the virus through sexual contact. ...Read more

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Is there an antiviral medication to treat Zika?

Is there an antiviral medication to treat Zika?

No: There is currently no medicine to treat Zika virus infection. Treatment involves fluids, rest, pain relievers, and other supportive care. Luckily most people have a fairly mild illness and it typically lasts no more than a week. ...Read more

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I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?

I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?

No: The Zika virus is only spread through mosquito bites or sex with an infected person. If you wear long sleeves, long pants you can reduce risk of mosquito bites. Most adults only have mild symptoms if they contract Zika (fever, rash, joint pains) and recover without any side effects. ...Read more

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What U.S. states have cases of cyclospora virus?

What U.S. states have cases of cyclospora virus?

Cyclospora: Cyclospora is a single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection.

As of mid 2014, cyclospora outbreaks have been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York (and New York City), Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington. ...Read more

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What do you do for all the pregnant women in Zika Areas?

What do you do for all the pregnant women in Zika Areas?

Mosquito avoidance: Advise them on ways to limit mosquito exposure, and follow closely with ultrasound and maybe consider pregnancy termination if fetal microcephaly is found. (Obviously a personal decision with different legal implications in various countries.) Comprehensive, reliable information on Zika is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: <a href="http://www. Cdc. Gov/zika/index. Html/ ...Read more

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Should a Zika-infected person stay away from other people?

Should a Zika-infected person stay away from other people?

No: No. Zika is spread by mosquitoes so it is safe to be around other people if you are infected. However, it is important to prevent mosquito bites if you have been diagnosed with Zika, so use insect repellent, long sleeves, and avoid places with mosquitoes until you are no longer sick (about 1 week). Zika may also be transmitted by blood and body fluids. Cover any wounds and avoid unprotected sex. ...Read more

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How did the ebola virus start? How did it get into the U.S.?

How did the ebola virus start? How did it get into the U.S.?

Ebola Virus: Ebola is a filovirus (Filoviridae). The genomic fossils of filoviruse family that impact mammals have likely existed tens of millions of years. Viruses mutate over time. The first recognized Ebola outbreak was in 1976. Some individuals who became infected by Ebola in Africa traveled to the US - there by leading to US cases. ...Read more

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Is there a bad time of day when the Zika-carrying mosquitoes come out?

Is there a bad time of day when the Zika-carrying mosquitoes come out?

All day long: The mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus (as well as dengue fever and chikungunya) are Aedes mosquitoes. Unlike some mosquitoes, Aedes bite all day long. They tend to stay close to human dwellings and will even live indoors, especially in buildings with no screens or air conditioning. They are found throughout the world, especially in tropical and subtropical areas, including the southeastern US. ...Read more

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Has their ever been a case of someone having the ebola virus in the u.S.?!?!

Has their ever been a case of someone having the ebola virus in the u.S.?!?!

Ebola: Regarding current Ebola outbreak you are probably now aware that a man who had direct contact with Ebola traveled from Nigeria to Dallas, Texas - developing Ebola sx's 5 days after arrival in the US. The CDC is monitoring each of the man's contacts for 21 days. Two missionaries were also evacuated from Africa to the US for treatment prior to that. The Reston virus (mutated Ebola Virus) found in ...Read more

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Is of possible for anyone in the u.S. To contract the ebola virus from just day to day contact?

Is of possible for anyone in the u.S. To contract the ebola virus from just day to day contact?

Ebola Virus: Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. According to the World Health Organization – Ebola can be spread through body fluids such as sweat, blood, saliva, urine and stool. As of4 OCT 2014 - there were 3 cases treated in the US - so the odd's would be miniscule. ...Read more

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Do animals get Zika?

Do animals get Zika?

Primates can get it: It is believed that primates, which includes humans, apes, and monkeys, can catch the Zika virus, mainly through mosquito bites. However, human to human transmission does occur but it is currently (2015-2016) believed to happen only rarely. ...Read more

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If you catch Zika, how long are you contagious for?

If you catch Zika, how long are you contagious for?

Maybe few weeks: Not known with certainty. The incubation period can be up to a week, and then the symptoms can be up to another week, so it may be an uncertain several weeks or a month after the last mosquito bite before a person is non-contagious. ...Read more

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Will Zika go away in Florida in November and December? Do the mosquitos go dormant?

Will Zika go away in Florida in November and December? Do the mosquitos go dormant?

Miami-Dade county: It depends on the specific part of Florida. The only areas of Florida where Zika is carried by the local mosquitoes are two areas of Miami-Dade County. In addition to the previously identified area in the Wynwood neighborhood, there is now mosquito-borne spread of Zika virus in a section of Miami Beach. It doesn't get cold enough there in fall/winter to kill off mosquitoes. Look at www. Cdc. Gov ...Read more

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What is the risk of contracting zika in San Francisco? Is zika locally transmitted in this city?

Call health dept: Call board of health and ask if zika found in your city. I don't know risk of zika in every city in the country. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a mosquito in the Galapagos last week. Can I be tested for Zika? Would it matter if I am 60 and male?

I was bitten by a mosquito in the Galapagos last week. Can I be tested for Zika? Would it matter if I am 60 and male?

Wait: You are not at risk. If you develop an itchy rash it would then be helpful to test for the viral RNA or IgM. If you are sexually active with a woman of child bearing age. You should be tested if you have any symptoms ...Read more

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How do you know if you have Zika fever?

How do you know if you have Zika fever?

Usually no symptoms: Most infections (maybe 80%) cause no symptoms at all. If you are in the US and have not traveled to Central or South America or the Carribbean, you don't have it. ...Read more

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