Answering Questions of a Concerned Citizen
What is current prevention and treatment methods in place to eliminate the spread of the Zika virus?
PreventionFor prevention of the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend avoiding mosquito bites* (especially during the day). They also recommend not traveling to a Zika Virus area and staying away from a person who has visited a Zika Virus area until you are sure they are not infected (It takes 3 weeks to know if a person is infected or not. They also might show some symptoms if they are infected**).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no vaccine exists for the treatment of the Zika Virus Disease. Chances are, if you have Zika you may also have dengue and chikungunya viruses. You should receive treatment for those diseases immediately. Protect others by avoiding mosquito bites*. If a mosquito bites you it will be infected with the Zika Virus. You should also treat Zika symptoms by
- Getting plenty of rest.
- Drinking lots of fluids (water)
- Taking medicine(like Tylenol) to reduce fever and pain.
* To learn on how to avoid mosquito bites go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z2mfzNjkNhukWAtK4TQ5DGvgy-MKH4MQcrvzR6k9RCs/edit?usp=sharing
** To learn Zika Virus Symptoms go to
Could we use GMO mosquitoes to remove the Zika carrying population? How can we do this and what are the short term/long term effects?
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