The chances of catching zika are currently very low, especially if
you are using repellents or staying out of infested areas.
Zika is a virus originated in Africa. It is very harmful and a research is going on about it.
It is a virus, and most viruses just have to run their course. They
are not like bacterias that can be treated with antibiotics.
The first way the Zika virus can be spread is by actually
encountering the mosquito. The mosquito then can inject the virus
into your body. The mosquito picks it up while feeding on an
infected person or animal.
The second way is through bodily function sharing. There are
currently several incident…
The Zika virus can be transmitted through unprotected sex -
primarily from a man to his partner.
In January 2016, the United States Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) issued travel guidance on affected countries,
including the use of enhanced precautions, and guidelines for
pregnant women including considering postponing travel. Other
governments or health agencies also issued sim…
It is a cause of significant concern for those living in tropical
areas where the mosquitoes that are the primary vector for
spreading the virus are active year-round. Pregnant women who
contract the virus will likely infect their unborn babies with the
virus where it may (depending on when it is du…
Its a disease,
(Mostly of concern to pregnant women)
the chief spreader is the mosquito,
but at least one case of sexually transmitted case is reported.
The virus was first isolated in April 1947 from a rhesus macaque monkey that had been placed in
a cage in the Zika Forest of Uganda, near Lake
Victoria, by the scientists of the Yellow Fever Research
Institute. Eventually - around 1952 - researchers realized that
some people were getting sick from t…
The zika virus was actually discovered decades ago, it is just
moving into the United States, so it is drawing heavier media
Infection during pregnancy causes microcephaly and other brain malformations in
Even young children who contract the Zika virus usually do not get
extremely sick if they were otherwise healthy when they got it. The
biggest risk is to developing fetuses where it can cause severe
Prevention involves decreasing mosquitoes bites in areas where the
disease occurs and proper use of condoms.
The earliest journal reference I've been able to locate so far is
an article in 1952:
Dick GW, Kitchen SF, Haddow AJ. Zika virus. I. Isolations and
serological specificity. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1952;46:509-520
Which states: "
Zika virus was first isolated from a sentinel rhesus monkey placed…
The Zika virus usually produces symptoms so mild that many people
don't even realize they are infected. It seldom puts anyone in the
hospital, much less kills them; a few people die from Zika, but
deaths are very rare.
The deadly part of the virus comes from the effects on babies born
to women infe…
The virus is not know to cause death directly, but sometimes it
does cause secondary problems that can lead to death. Zika virus
infections have been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) with a
few cases of Zika related GBS resulting in death. Birth defects
caused by Zika can be life threatening…
Usually through mosquito bites, through other ways.
See the Expert answer for most of the other ways.
Not mentioned is that males can also pass it to other males through
fellatio and anal intercourse.
Zika virus has symptoms of a severe flu, along with deeply
Zika virus is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda where some of
the first cases were diagnosed.
The biggest problem with Zika is that Zika virus infection during
pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly.
Microcephaly is a condition where a baby's head is much smaller
than expected. Babies with microcephaly can have a range of other
problems, depending on how severe their …
Although it may not be certain where it started, it was first
isolated and identified from infections in the Zika forest of
Uganda (hence the name given to the virus).
According to the US CDC the primary vector for the transmission of
the zika virus are infected
Aedes species mosquitos (Ae.
Ae. albopictus). Other vectors are infected mothers who
transmit it to their unborn children, infected men who may transmit
it to their sexual partners, blood tra…
If they get infected with it. If they are healthy, it will make
them a bit sick, but not too seriously. If a female athlete is
pregnant when infected - or gets pregnant soon after getting
infected - it may not make the athlete sick but the birth defects
it can cause in the developing fetus certainly…
Anyone CAN get the Zika virus if bitten by a mosquito carrying the
Also - pregnant women who contract the virus will probably pass it
to the developing fetus (causing nasty birth defects) so
technically that would also be a case of a "kid" getting Zika.
It's a virus, and most viruses do not have a cure, like HIV, flu,
or even the common cold.
Most Zika virus infections cause no symptoms, but when present they
may include fever, red eyes, joint
pain, headache, and a rash over a flat, red area on the skin
covered with small bumps.
Not by our standards, being that Brazil is the epicenter of the
disease and all they have managed to do thus far is to spray
insecticide in the major Olympic areas. It's not going to be
enough. The filthy conditions, widespread poverty, and
contamination of the natural resources by the Brazilians ha…
I think they are. This is a new disease that was brought up from
South America quicker than it should have because of air travel, so
people were not aware they even needed to be careful and were
infected without knowing. Others knew the danger and allowed
themselves to be exposed anyways.
Currently the CDC is treating and experimenting with insecticides
to try to stop the advance of the mosquito-borne virus, although
those efforts have not been as successful as hoped.
They are also considering genetically modified mosquito options
that would hopefully, if released and successful, br…
Zika is actively present in the United States, American Samoa,
Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, South and Central America, Pacific
Islands, and Cape Horn in Africa.
There are attempts to contain the spread of the virus, but due to
the fact it is transmitted by mosquitoes, containment is difficult.
Zika virus causes flu like symptoms, a rash, blood shot eyes, and
can cause microcephaly in unborn babies. It is spread by mosquitos,
but after a person is infected, they can also spread it through
sexual contact. In some extreme cases, zika can be fatal.
Pain in the back of the eyes
Very noticable eye redness
Loss of appetite
Some people can also have Zika with no symptoms.
According to the CDC, Zika virus stays in the blood for 2 to 7 days
after the symptoms pass. However, it stays in urine and semen for
up to a few months after the infection.
If a person is trying to conceive after having Zika virus, both
partners should consult with a physician to make sure it is…
The bite from a Zika infected mosquito does not look any different
than a regular mosquito bite. Most people that are infected with
Zika will never even show symptoms. However, when symptoms do
appear, they are usually similar to the flu, joint pain, fever,
stiffness. They may also display bloodshot…
Not quite, but a group of college researchers from Florida State
University (FSU), Johns Hopkins University, and the National
Institutes of Health have made a couple of major breakthroughs.
FSU Professor of Biological Science Hengli Tang helped to lead the
research. They found that the tapeworm me…