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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Zika virus and India

Zika virus is spread by the aedes species of mosquito which usually bites during daylight hours. This type of mosquito that transmits dengue fever and chikungunya.

Symptons of Zica Virus

The illness is similar to dengue fever and is generally mild and self-limiting, lasting four to seven days. About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus will develop symptoms, which include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. 

Why Zica Virus is so serious? 

Zika virus has a connection between the virus and microcephaly, a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally small heads. This causes severe developmental issues and sometimes death. 

Countries affected by the Zika virus

 The countries affected currently by the Zika virus are Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and Venezuela. 

Protection from Zica virus

 There is no vaccine for Zika so protect yourself from mosquito bites.

 The only time any trace of the zica virus was recorded in India was in 1952-53.

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