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Doctor insights on: Signs Of Zika

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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

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 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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How long does zika last in a persons system? I.e., how long should a person (m/f) who tested positive for zika wait before attempting to procreate?

How long does zika last in a persons system? I.e., how long should a person (m/f) who tested positive for zika wait before attempting to procreate?

8 weeks: Only 20% of infected people have symptoms, usually mild fever + aches + rash lasting less than a week. It might be transmitted sexually and was once found transmitted from male to female 6 weeks after infection. CDC recommends avoiding conception for 8 weeks. ...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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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If you catch Zika fever, how long are you sick?

If you catch Zika fever, how long are you sick?

Up to a week: Symptoms typically begin a few days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and last for several days to a week. However, only about 1 out of 5 people who are infected with Zika virus will actually develop symptoms. Common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), headache, and muscle aches. The illness is generally mild. ...Read more

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What stage of pregnancy is Zika most prone to affect?

What stage of pregnancy is Zika most prone to affect?

Zica: CDC reccomends that travel or exposure in any trimester should be avoided at this time. We are still learning about Zica and its relationship to birth defects. ...Read more

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If you caught Zika fever, are you safe to be around your family?

If you caught Zika fever, are you safe to be around your family?

Yes: Yes. 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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Will Orlando FL be safe for pregnant woman to travel to in December because of Zika?

Will Orlando FL be safe for pregnant woman to travel to in December because of Zika?

Most likely yes: The only areas of Florida where Zika is carried by the local mosquitoes are two areas of Miami-Dade County. The Zika carrying mosquitoes have not been found as north as Orlando. Remember, however, that this is a fluid situation. You should be okay in Orlando. You can always stay up to date on further developments at the webpage: www. Cdc. Gov ...Read more

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I ate chicken that came from Brazil. Is zika spread through food? Also How is zika spread from person to person?

I ate chicken that came from Brazil. Is zika spread through food? Also How is zika spread from person to person?

Cooked chicken is ok: As of 2016, transmission of Zika virus is through sharing of mosquitoes, sharing of bodily fluids, having sexual activities, and some uncertain ways (some lab technicians handling the virus have gotten infected). Zika is behaving like an STI (sexually transmitted infection), in that a guy with Zika in his semen can be infectious for many months... and can infect many women if he has many partners. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go to Mexico, Tulum with my husband, If I plant to start trying to get pregnant in a year? Regarding Zika?

Is it safe to go to Mexico, Tulum with my husband, If I plant to start trying to get pregnant in a year? Regarding Zika?

Take Precautions: Coastal areas like Tulum will have a higher likelihood of Zika Mosquitoes then higher elevations (>6500 feet above sea level). CDC recommends taking precautions while in Mexico to reduce exposure. I would recommend avoiding the jungle areas and wearing repellent at all times. ...Read more

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How does a person who traveled to Brazil over the holidays get checked for Zika. Is there a Zika test at local labs like Quest or LabCorp?

How does a person who traveled to Brazil over the holidays get checked for Zika. Is there a Zika test at local labs like Quest or LabCorp?

Zika virus: The CDC is recommending screening for pregnant women who visited Brazil because many of those infected will be asymptomatic. There is no commercially available test for Zika and only a few state health departments and the CDC are capable of testing for Zika. If you are not pregnant, you do not need to be screened. If pregnant see your MD.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/zika/pregnancy/question-answers. Html ...Read more

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How bad is Zika in Brazil? I was supposed to go next month. Is it so bad that the vast majority of mosquitoes are infected? Or not quite that bad?

How bad is Zika in Brazil? I was supposed to go next month. Is it so bad that the vast majority of mosquitoes are infected? Or not quite that bad?

Well seems not good: There have been many reports of infection and unfortunately will then be brought into this country. Already reported as such. If you are pregnant would not go. But even without a pregnancy the virus seems to be transmitted sexually. So take great care ...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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MY husband and I are traveling to Aruba and are getting tested for Zika when we get back. If our tests are negative when is it safe to get pregnant?

MY husband and I are traveling to Aruba and are getting tested for Zika when we get back. If our tests are negative when is it safe to get pregnant?

Conception: People who have traveled to Zika infected areas but do not have active signs of tge disease are advised to delay pregnancy for at least eight weeks to minimize their risk of fetal exposure. ...Read more

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I was in a forest area last night and got about 5 or 6 mosquito bites. Wat are the chances of getting west nile or zika? I live in cook county, Illinois

Yes and No: There are mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in the Chicago or Cook County areas, but the chances of an individual person getting infected by the virus or of getting a symptomatic infection from the virus, are not known. Yes, one can catch it, but the CDC reported 72 cases for Illinois 2015, which is not a big number. As for Zika, it is not yet in Chicago or Cook County mosquitoes. ...Read more