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Zika Virus

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Parent Category: Viruses (biological)
Zika virus is a disease spread by mosquitos. In most cases, the symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes, and they usually last less than a week. However, the disease is more dangerous to unborn babies, as it can cause serious birth defects.
The chances of catching zika are currently very low, especially if you are using repellents or staying out of infested areas.
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Zika is a virus originated in Africa. It is very harmful and a research is going on about it.
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It is a virus, and most viruses just have to run their course. They are not like bacterias that can be treated with antibiotics.
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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…
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The Zika virus can be transmitted through unprotected sex - primarily from a man to his partner.
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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…
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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…
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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.
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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…
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The zika virus was actually discovered decades ago, it is just moving into the United States, so it is drawing heavier media attention.
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Infection during pregnancy causes microcephaly and other brain malformations in some babies.
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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 birth defects.
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Prevention involves decreasing mosquitoes bites in areas where the disease occurs and proper use of condoms.
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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…
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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…
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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-BarrĂ© syndrome (GBS) with a few cases of Zika related GBS resulting in death. Birth defects caused by Zika can be life threatening…
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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.
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Zika virus has symptoms of a severe flu, along with deeply bloodshot eyes.
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Zika virus is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda where some of the first cases were diagnosed.
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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 …
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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).
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According to the US CDC the primary vector for the transmission of the zika virus are infected Aedes species mosquitos (Ae. aegypti and 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…
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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…
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Anyone CAN get the Zika virus if bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. ... 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.
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It's a virus, and most viruses do not have a cure, like HIV, flu, or even the common cold.
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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.
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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…
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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. Either wa…
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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…
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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.
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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.
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Pain in the back of the eyes Muscle pain Joint pain Very noticable eye redness Headache Skin rash Fever Fatigue Chills Sweating Loss of appetite Some people can also have Zika with no symptoms.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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