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Zika is a dangerous virus spread by Aedes Mosquito – which also carry the dengue virus. The infection is suspected of leading to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. – BBC News
The Health Minister, Gan Kim Yong told local media that Zika carriers display only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all – meaning infected people may not be aware and not seek treatment. Symptoms are usually said to develop within 3 to 12 days after mosquito bite that often only last 4 to 7 days.
What are the symptoms of Zika?
Deaths are rare and only one-in-five people infected is thought to develop symptoms.
- mild fever
- conjunctivitis (red, sore eyes)
- joint pain
A little history:
The Zika virus is transmitted by the same type of mosquito that carries dengue fever, yellow fever and chikunguya virus. A mosquito bites an infected person then passes those viruses to other people it bites. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control And Prevention) has confirmed that Zika can be spread through various ways. Virus can be found in the saliva and urine of infected people.
How to play our part (5 Step Mozzie Wipeout)
- Change water in vases and bowls on alternate days
- Remove water from flower pot plates on alternate days
- Turn over all water storage containers
- Cover bamboo pole holders when not in use
- Clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly
For more information on the countries that are with Zika outbreaks to avoid. Click here.