Exceeding Expectations One Patient at a Time
Zika virus has recently emerged as a disease of significant public health concern.
The Aedes mosquito that transmits Zika is the same mosquito that also transmits Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever
Bite from an infected mosquito, mainly Aedes aegypti.
Sexual transmission also occurs.
Where local, vector-borne transmission of Zika Virus disease has been recorded.
Symptoms: Fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, joint pain, malaise, headache.
Symptoms usually last between 2-7 days
Severe case: Microcephaly (in children of infected mothers), Guillain-Barré syndrome investigation concerning links with a range of neurological disorders are underway.
● Take preventive measures when mosquitoes are most active (during the day and peaking in the early morning and late afternoon).
● Use a recommend insect repellent containing eitherIcardin (20%) or DEET.
●Wear appropriate clothing (e.g.long sleeved shirt, long pants).
●Use physical barriers, such as bed nets and window screens
●If pregnant, avoid travel to endemic areas.
●Women planning a pregnancy should wait at least 2 months after their return from an area of risk before trying to conceive. For couples where the male partner has travelled in a risk area, it is reasonable to delay trying to conceive for 6 months.
●In the case of an ongoing pregnancy, if a male partner has been in a risk area, couples should practice abstinence or use barrier methods for the duration of the pregnancy.
●Maletravellers are advised to use a condom during vaginal, anal and oral sex whilst travelling. This is also advised for 8 weeks post-return if not symptomatic, or 6 months from the point of symptoms being identified. .Further