The Zika virus is transmitted from one person to another when they get bitten by an AEDES mosquito that is infected with the virus already. These AEDES mosquitoes are found mostly in the tropical areas. The Zika info-graphic shows that until recently, the Zika Virus has been prevalent in areas around the Equatorial Africa and Asia. There is no vaccine that has been created which can be used to treat or to prevent the infection of the Zika virus.
The first case of Zika outbreak was back in the year 1947, where in Uganda, some scientists stumbled on the virus that they had not been able to analyze before. The virus was first gotten in a rhesus monkey that had fever at the Zika forest in Uganda. It is then that it was noted after a lot of extensive research that the Zika virus was carried by the AEDES mosquito and could be transmitted sexually and was also airborne transmitted.
The Zika virus is in some way connected to microcephaly which is a neurological disorder that results in new born babies being born with much smaller heads than is normal. They usually have a brain disorder and it can also lead to death of the new born children immediately after being born or even while still at their mothers’ wombs. This is a major cause of concern since the mothers who are pregnant and infected with the virus transmit it to their unborn babies who are then born with neurological disorders.
How the Deadly Zika Virus is spread
The transmission of the virus which can lead to the Zika Outbreak is by the AEDES mosquitoes which act as carriers’ of the virus and later transfer it to victims when feeding on their blood. It is however also transmitted from a mother to their unborn babies and also through unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person. The Zika virus has various symptoms such as high fever, pink eye, headache and also developing a mild rash all over the body of the infected person. The symptoms are very mild and can easily be passed as other diseases unless one goes to get checked up in a health facility.
How One Can Protect Themselves from the Zika Virus
There is no treatment or vaccine that has been developed for this deadly virus. All that is left is for people to try their best to protect themselves from getting infected with this virus. The first step is to avoid travelling to areas where there are reported cases of the Zika Outbreak. You should then avoid all mosquito bites by making sure that you have slept under a treated mosquito net. For those that are infected, they should avoid any chance of getting bitten by mosquitoes so as to prevent the people that are around them from getting infected with the virus. They then need to take antibiotics to help them with the fevers and any their pain that comes as a result of being infected with the deadly Zika virus.