Zika Virus, what you need to know.
Glen Rose Medical Center is spreading the word about the Zika Virus. Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquitos. These mosquitos bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no none vaccine or medicine for Zika.
The top 5 things everyone needs to know about Zika
1. Zika primarily spreads though infected mosquitoes. Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.
2. The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.
* Use insect repellent with Deet. It works!
* Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
* Stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.
* REMOVE STANDING WATER around your home.
3. Zika is linked to birth defects.
Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development. If you have a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika, do not have have unprotected sexual intercourse during your entire pregnancy.
4. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.
If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
5. Returningt travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites. If you get infected with Zika and a mosquito bites you, you can pass the virus to the mosquito. The infected mosquito bites other people, who get infected. Returning travelers should also have protected sexual intercourse or not have sex if they are concerned about passing it to their partners.
For more information about Zika please refer to the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/zika