Zika is on the way

By: Corinne and Emily

People getting Zika Virus

The zika virus is a disease caused by zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected species of mosquito. ( http://search.time.com/?q=zika+virus&site=time)

Symptoms of the Zika Virus

"Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have the disease because they won’t have symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week." (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/)

The Zika Virus Shows up

It was first in 1947 and the first human cases were in 1952. They were detected and since then have had out breaks have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands.( http://search.time.com/?q=zika+virus&site=time)

Countries Zika has reached

Zika has reached 47 countries so far. (cdc.gov)

Prevention of the Zika Virus

"Even if they do not feel sick, travelers returning to the United States from an area with Zika should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks so they do not spread Zika to mosquitoes that could spread the virus to other people" (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/)

What Is treating the symptoms?

Treatment is generally supportive and can include rest, fluids, and use of analgesics and antipyretics.( http://search.time.com/?q=zika+virus&site=time)

GMO mosquitoes taking over the Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

"I asked a number of mosquito control experts whether this would actually work. They thought Oxitec's technology was safe and looked very promising. But there were still serious questions about its effectiveness in halting disease — or whether it could scale up at a reasonable cost. Most thought it would eventually be just one tool among many in halting mosquito-borne viruses." (http://www.vox.com/2016/2/16/11022156/zika-virus-genetically-modified-mosquitoes)

The Virus is on the move

Already, travelers have brought Zika home to Texas, Hawaii and Illinois, though the virus doesn’t seem to have infiltrated U.S. mosquitoes yet. But the United States, with its warm, humid regions, pockets of poverty and ready fleet of mosquitoes capable of carrying the virus, has all the right ingredients for an outbreak, says Peter Hotez, a pediatrician and microbiologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.(https://www.sciencenews.org/article/rapid-spread-zika-virus-americas-raises-alarm)

Link out to Zika virus video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHjjK-Gz3Ic

Facts about Zika

"Although usually spread by mosquitoes, the Zika virus is also transmitted through sex. The first U.S. case of sexual transmission was confirmed in Texas in early February, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 9 more, with other cases being investigated." (http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/10-essential-facts-about-zika-virus/)

"A baby born with microcephaly in Oahu, Hawaii, had been infected with Zika, according to a press release from the Hawaii Department of Health. The child's mother had previously lived in Brazil — a Zika hot zone with up to 1.3 million cases of infection." (http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/10-essential-facts-about-zika-virus/)

Facts about the Virus

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