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Zika Virus Symptoms

The virus causes birth defects in babies canada goose outlet born to some infected pregnant women, including microcephaly, where babies are born with underdeveloped heads and brain damage. Zika has also been linked to Guillain Barre syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves. It’s mainly spread canada goose outlet online through mosquitoes, although some cases of sexual transmission have been reported.

Canada Goose online The Zika virus, first identified in canada goose jacket uk Uganda in 1947, is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, the same type of mosquito that carries dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya virus. A mosquito bites an infected person and then passes those viruses to other people it bites. Outbreaks did not occur outside of Africa until 2007, when canada goose outlet vancouver it spread to the South Pacific. Canada Goose online

Zika has “never been thought of as a severe infectious disease until now,” says Amesh Adalja, MD, a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Canada Goose sale The CDC has confirmed Zika can spread through sex, usually after a person traveled to an area where Zika had broken out, got the virus, and gave the virus to a sex partner who did not travel. Infected women and men can both pass the virus to sex partners even if they haven’t shown symptoms of infection, according to the CDC. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass the virus on to their fetus. Canada Goose sale

Some studies have also shown the virus can be found in blood, semen,urine, and saliva of infected peopleas well as in fluids in the eye.

Two years ago in Utah, a person got the virus without traveling or having sexual contact. The deceased man had traveled to an area where Zika is spreading, and canada goose outlet shop lab tests showed high amounts of the virus in his blood more than 100,000 times higher than that seen in other samples of infected people, the CDC said. He also had an underlying medical condition that has not been disclosed.

Health officials believe the caregiver got Zika by coming into contact with the older man’s canada goose outlet us tears and sweat.

What Are the Symptoms of Zika?

The disease can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and redness in the whites of the canada goose outlet winnipeg eye (conjunctivitis, or pinkeye). But most people won’t know they have it.

cheap canada goose uk “Only about 1 in 5 people with the virus will exhibit symptoms,” says Adalja. “The vast majority have no symptoms at all.” cheap canada goose uk

canada goose clearance sale Symptoms can appear anywhere from 3 to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito, according to the CDC. They can last from several days to about a week. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose uk outlet Call your doctor if you develop symptoms and you live in or have visited an area canada goose outlet paypal where Zika is spreading, the CDC says especially if you are pregnant. Pregnant women who have Zika symptoms at any point during their pregnancy should be tested for Zika. canada goose uk outlet

Once a person has been infected, scientists believe they are probably protected from future infections.

Is Zika Similar to Other Mosquito Borne Illnesses, Such as Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, or West Nile Virus?

All can cause a variety of flu like symptoms that range in severity and can last from a few days to more than a week. As with Zika, few people infected with dengue or West Nile will canada goose parka outlet show any symptoms. While the same type of mosquitoes that spread Zika also spread dengue and chikungunya, many different types of mosquitoes spread the West Nile virus.

uk canada goose Zika is also the only one of those viruses known to be spread through sexual contact. uk canada goose

How Is Zika Treated?

There’s no treatment, but Adalja says most people with symptoms do well with over the counter medications for aches and pains. The disease usually runs its course within a week or so.

The CDC recommends infected people get plenty of rest, drink fluids to prevent dehydration, and take acetaminophen for fever and pain. Aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should not be taken until dengue is ruled out, to reduce bleeding risk, the agency says.

There is no vaccine against Zika, but the National Institutes of Health is testing one in humans.

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Zika causes microcephalyin babies born to infected pregnant women, the CDC confirmed this year. Microcephaly stunts a baby’s head growth, causing devastating, sometimes fatalbrain damage, and it can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.

canada goose black friday sale The virus has caused panic in Brazil since it first appeared there in May 2015. More than 2,100babies in Brazil have been born with microcephaly or other birth defects linked to Zika. at the time, Brazil and several other nationsadvised women to postpone pregnancy. canada goose black friday sale

Canada Goose Outlet Although there are many causes of microcephaly in babies, including infections during pregnancy, genetic problems, and exposure to toxic substances during pregnancy, the CDC says research has provided enough evidence to show that Zika is among those causes. Research has suggested that infection during the earliest stages of canada goose womens outlet pregnancy, when a baby’s organs are still forming, seems to be linked to the worst outcomes. Canada Goose Outlet

However, some studies are showing that fetuses can be harmed by infection later in pregnancy,and evidence is emerging that microcephaly isn’t the only birth defect linked to Zika. In anotherreport, the CDC describes five types of birth defects, including severe microcephaly, that are unique to Zika or rarely occur with other infections in pregnant women. They are:.

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