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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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I have multiple joint pain and think I may have ross river virus, could I have gotten this from a mosquito?

I have multiple joint pain and think I may have ross river virus, could I have gotten this from a mosquito?

Ross River Fever: Have you traveled to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands or Indonesia? Ochlerotatus vigilax, Ochlerotatus camptorhynchus & Culex annulirostris mosquitoes are known to transmit Ross River Virus. If you haven't travelled to endemic areas than risk of developing Ross River Fever is just about nil. ...Read more

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Have lupus. Bad fatigue, malaise, joint pain, aches for 1 week. All Normal Labs. My Rheumatoligist doesn't think lupus flare. Can I assume virus?

Have lupus. Bad fatigue, malaise, joint pain, aches for 1 week. All Normal Labs. My Rheumatoligist doesn't think lupus flare. Can I assume virus?

? viral: After a week of prodromal like symptoms, I would expect common viral infections to declare themselves with noticeable signs and symptoms like sore throat, cough, rash, diarrhea, etc. Absent such signs and lack of fever, your symptoms are nondiagnostic and treatment would be symptomatic with rest, adequate fluid intake and Tylenol as needed. If symptoms persist or worsen, reconsult your rheumatologis ...Read more

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Have lupus. Had fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches for 1 week then & went away. All labs normal. My Rheumatoligist didn't 't think lupus flare. Virus?

Have lupus. Had fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches for 1 week then & went away. All labs normal. My Rheumatoligist didn't 't think lupus flare. Virus?

Muscle aches + lupus: A viral infection could cause a temporary muscle achiness that could be unrelated to lupus. If the muscle pain has resolved, than that is reassuring. If you continue to have muscle pains, than evaluation with blood work to check on the muscle tests would be indicated. ...Read more

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Have lupus. Bad fatigue, malaise, joint pain, muscle aches x1 week & went away. All Normal Labs. My Rheumatoligist didn't think lupus flare. Likely virus?

Have lupus. Bad fatigue, malaise, joint pain, muscle aches x1 week & went away. All Normal Labs. My Rheumatoligist didn't think lupus flare. Likely virus?

Weather or fibro: There is a cross over of fibromyalgia is 1/3 patients with lupus. You need to be examined for that diagnosis, as there are several proven Meds to improve your symptoms. Weather changes are NOT your friend, and can produce your symptoms too. ...Read more

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I have had Chik-v over two weeks ago and I still feel joint pains and have an inside fever. Can colloidal silver can help to treat/remove the virus?

I have had Chik-v over two weeks ago and I still feel joint pains and have an inside fever. Can colloidal silver can help to treat/remove the virus?

Chikungunya: Treatment is largely symptomatic in nature. There is no vaccine to prevent it & no specific treatment for it. Rest, hydration and Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are recommended. Skin discoloration may occur which can be treated w topical corticosteroids (use sunscreen). For itching (urticaria) an antihistamine may help. Topical antibiotics may be used on ulcers. Oral corticosteroids ...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 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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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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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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Nausea loss of appetite fatigue join pain morning stiffness overall malaise. I am not ill with virus. Joint pain/morn stiff for 6 mnth nausea 2 wks?

Nausea loss of appetite fatigue join pain morning stiffness overall malaise. I am not ill with virus. Joint pain/morn stiff for 6 mnth nausea 2 wks?

Rheumatologic: Constitutional signs and symptoms with malaise, joint pain, morning stiffness, maybe indicative of underline rheumatologic disease. Additional testing maybe required. ...Read more

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Yellow tongue, fatigue, globus sensation, headache, joint pain and weight loss of 4kg. Have seen many specialists already. Is it some unknown virus?

Yellow tongue, fatigue, globus sensation, headache, joint pain and weight loss of 4kg. Have seen many specialists already. Is it some unknown virus?

Consultation advised: Unfortunately this Q & A box is not intended to answer complicated questions nor to diagnose conditions. An IN BOX TEXT consultation at Health Tap may be helpful. You would need to upload results of any tests, if available, as well as your medical history. You would NEED TO MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE for 24 hours to reply to any questions from the physician. Also consider
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