The Zika virus especially from the recent past has been considered to be a global health threat by very many people. The most recent Zika outbreak that was experienced in Brazil which affected very many pregnant women and their unborn babies brought out a global awareness on this virus that is carried by the AEDES mosquitoes and transmitted to people through a simple bite when the mosquitoes are feeding.
Facts about the Zika Virus
The AEDES mosquitoes are the carriers of the dreaded Zika virus. They get to transmit the virus that they are carrying into a victim when ever they get o bite them.
The Zika virus is mostly spread by mosquitoes which are infected. When they bite an infected person, they get infected with the Zika virus and are able to transfer it to an uninfected person when they feed on them.
Zika virus has only recently been noted in semen meaning that it can also be transmitted through having unprotected sexual intercourse with a person who has been infected with the deadly virus.
In cases of a Zika outbreak, the Zika virus is mostly fatal to pregnant women and unborn babies. It causes the women to give birth to children who have smaller heads than is usual and also are bound to experience a number of brain complications. It is believed that it may also cause autism in the unborn baby such that they get born being autistic.
The most effective way of avoiding being infected by the virus is avoiding being bitten by the mosquitoes. This can be done in a number of ways including drainage of any stagnant water in your environment which may be a habitat for the mosquitoes and also sleeping under a treated mosquito net. For the infected, they should also sleep under treated nets to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as this would help them in preventing those people who are around them from being infected by the said virus. At times when the mosquitoes are active which is mostly at night times, it is advisable to stay indoors and in a well lit area to avoid any chance of getting bitten by these AEDES mosquitoes.
If you are in an area where the carrier AEDES mosquitoes are prone to be found, it is highly advisable to use a very safe repellent when you are going outside so that when you are around the mosquitoes you don’t get bitten. These safe repellents will help you not to get infected by the Zika Virus as they will work effectively in killing any mosquito that gets close to biting you. However, you should note that there are some chemical repellents which are not safe to use on your bodies but can be sprayed on surfaces. An example of such a repellent is DEET. This is very dangerous and should not be sprayed on the body as it has a 50% chance of absorption into the human skin.