Arboviruses

Sarah Alcorn

Description

A class of multiple viruses that are transmitted to humans by arthropods. Arboviruses are most commonly found in birds and small mammals but sometimes humans. Humans are normally a dead-end for the virus life cycle. Over 150 different arboviruses cause human illnesses.

Diagnosis

Tests of blood or spinal fluid can determine a diagnosis.

Where do you get it from?

Arthropods pass arboviruses along through an infected blood-sucking vector.

Course

Humans are normally a dead-end for the virus life cycle, lasting anywhere from one to eighteen days after bite occurs

Treatment/Prevention

While the disease runs its course, careful monitoring of blood pressure, bleeding, breathing and managing fluids. Protective clothing, insect repellent and wise choices of outings are the easiest ways to prevent getting the disease.