The Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites. Since it is difficult to escape mosquito bites, the Zika Virus is of great concern, especially for women who are pregnant.
The virus may cause birth defects in babies who are born to women who are infected with the virus. While infection was most likely in other countries when everyone first heard about the Zika Virus, the infection has spread to the United States. It could have spread to the U.S. through sexual intercourse. Once someone is infected, a mosquito can bite that person and then spread it to others.
Symptoms of the Zika Virus
It’s important to know that only 1 in 5 people will experience symptoms when they have been infected by the virus. The symptoms are mild causing people to have flu-like symptoms. Many people who have been infected believe they just have a bad cold, but are instead dealing with the infection. The virus does run it’s course, and people recover completely.
The biggest concern is pregnant women because they will likely not know they have been infected, but the virus could end up harming their fetus’ development.
There is currently no treatment for the Zika Virus, and there is no vaccine for it. The National Institute of Health recently announced on August 3rd they are working on a Zika virus vaccine.
About Birth Defects Due to the Zika Virus
Many babies in Brazil have been born with a birth defect called microcephaly. This is the defect that is associated with the Zika virus. The worst results come from a pregnant woman who is infected with the virus in the early stages of the pregnancy when the baby is first developing his or her organs.
How to Prevent the Zika Virus
The best way to prevent the Zika Virus is to use bug spray. While no mosquito-transmitted cases have been documented in Orlando, people are taking precautions. Bug spray is being handed out to theme park visitors to keep mosquitos from biting people. Bug spray has been shown to be an effective protection from the Zika Virus.
Health care Orlando facilities are being hypervigilant as well. They are watching the cases in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, where the Zika Virus has been found. While there is a high possibility the virus could make it’s way to Orlando, it isn’t something health care Orlando facilities want people to be overly concerned with right now – even pregnant women. As long as everyone takes precautions, the Zika Virus can be controlled.
What to Do If You Believe You’ve Become Infected
If you believe you’ve been infected with the Zika Virus, it’s important to seek medical care if you are pregnant. Health care Orlando facilities can help you get the care you need to reduce the risk to your baby.
If you are not pregnant, the Zika Virus will present itself as a cold, if at all. It can treated with over the counter pain relievers, and it should go away in a week.
For more information about the Zika Virus and what health care Orlando facilities are doing about it, contact us.