Zika Virus on the Move

By: Jordan & Grace

About the Zika Virus

The Zika Virus is caused "primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eye." The virus only last about a week. Most people don't get sick enough to go to the hospital. But, if you are pregnant it could cause your baby to have a birth defect called microcephaly. Most people infected with the Zika Virus won't even know they have it because they won't have the symptoms." (cdc.gov)

Where it has spreade?

According to CDC, "the Zika Virus was first discovered in 1947 in Uganda". "It has reached up to 47 countries." It is very easy to get it because of the hot climates where the mosquitoes live. They have been using "the environmental protection agency insect repellents with the ingredient of oil of Lemon Eucalyptus."

How to treat the virus

"There is no vaccine or medicine to treat the virus." (cdc.gov) There are ways to treat patients. " Get plenty of rest. Drink fluids to prevent dehydration." according to cdc.gov. Doing some of these simple things can help you with any pain or symptoms from this virus. It is also good to take medicines that are prescribed by doctors but some medicines can't be mixed with others.

How can GMO mosquitoes help?

"Scientist think a true type of genetically modified mosquito could help stop the march of zika virus." (huffpost.com) It is possible for a GMO mosquito help stop this virus. No one is for sure how this virus can be stopped. GMO mosquitos can help "Kill off" the mosquitos that have zika.

More Facts About Zika

From cdc.gov it is shown where these mosquitos lay eggs. "These mosquitos typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots, and vases." It can be dangerous where you leave typical house hold items if you are in an infected area. "During the first week of infection, zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites." according to cdc.gov. If in areas that are infected, it is good to know what this virus can do. As cdc.gov said, "People usually don't get sick enough o go to the hospital, and very rarely die of zika."
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