Zika Virus

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Zika Virus

The Zika virus is a serious problem. Zika is a mosquitoe-transmitted disease with symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes. The most serious result of the virus is birth defects, though. This flyer will answer some questions of concerned citizens.

Elmination, Prevention and treatments of the Zika Virus

Scientist are working to eliminate the Zika virus with genetically modified mosquitoes, which would prevent the Zika carrying mosquitoes from reproducing. But while we are waiting for Zika to be eliminated, we need to prevent ourselves from getting it. The only way to do this is by preventing mosquitoes bites. You can prevent mosquitoe bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, or by staying in places with air-conditioning, window screens, and door screens.


Should you catch the Zika virus, you will need to be treated. You can treat the virus by getting plenty of rest and water. To reduce the risk of bleeding, do not take asprin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs until dengue can be ruled out.

Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus

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Zika Virus Survey

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GMo Mosquitoes

As previously mentioned, GMo mosquitoes can prevent the Zika carrying mosquitoes from reproducing. To fight the Zika virus, we could release these mosquitoes into the wild. But there is concern about a health risk of doing so. So while releasing the mosquitoes might get rid of the Zika virus, they might cause another disease.

Contributers

"Purdue Extension - US Public Overwhelmingly Supports Use of GMO Mosquitoes to Help Control Zika Virus." Purdue Extension. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016. (https://extension.purdue.edu/Pages/article.aspx?intItemID=14074)


"Tennessee Department of Health Services to Mitigate Disparities." PsycEXTRA Dataset (n.d.): n. pag. Web. (https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/health/attachments/44213_ZikaFightTheBiteCardEN.pdf)


"Prevention." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 Apr. 2016. Web. 15 May 2016. (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html)


"Zika Virus." - TN.Gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016. (https://www.tn.gov/health/topic/zika-virus)


"Awareness and Support of Release of Genetically Modified "Sterile" Mosquitoes, Key West, Florida, USA - Volume 21, Number 2-February 2015 - Emerging Infectious Disease Journal - CDC." Awareness and Support of Release of Genetically Modified "Sterile" Mosquitoes, Key West, Florida, USA - Volume 21, Number 2-February 2015 - Emerging Infectious Disease Journal - CDC. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016. (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/about/index.html)


"Awareness and Support of Release of Genetically Modified "Sterile" Mosquitoes, Key West, Florida, USA - Volume 21, Number 2-February 2015 - Emerging Infectious Disease Journal - CDC." Awareness and Support of Release of Genetically Modified "Sterile" Mosquitoes, Key West, Florida, USA - Volume 21, Number 2-February 2015 - Emerging Infectious Disease Journal - CDC. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016. (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/21/2/14-1035_article)