Grab Your Bug Repellant: Zika Virus Poses Serious Health Threat
January 11, 2016 at 11:51 am
Zika, a new virus spread by mosquitos, is quickly becoming a global health threat. According to Tech Insider, most countries know nothing about the virus, and worse, are far from prepared for an outbreak.
Discovered in Uganda in 1947, the virus was first isolated in a rhesus monkey. Today, the virus is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, more commonly known as the Yellow Fever mosquito, which bites during the day. Once bitten, hosts usually display symptoms of fever, rash, conjunctivitis and arthralgia.
If you’re traveling throughout the Americas or live in warm, damp climates, it’s recommended that you take precaution.
Use repellent. Shut your windows and use air conditioning to keep insects out. Be sure to wear protective clothing to avoid mosquito bites.
Though research continues, currently, there is no Zika vaccine.