Zika Virus

Zika Virus is a virus that was discovered in 1947, in Uganda. The virus manifest itself in few individuals. Only one in five infected individuals shows symptoms. Symptoms include: fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes(red itchy eyes). Although Zika can be benign, in pregnant women it is deadly. It causes microcephaly in babies, a condition that causes a baby's head to be small, with an under-developed brain. The virus is spread by mosquitoe bites. Mosquitoe breeds that are known to carry dengue fever and yellow fever, are known carriers.  

Regions and countries that have reported cases of Zika are as follows:

South America and Central America
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela

Caribbean
Barbados, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin , U.S. Virgin Islands  

Africa
Cape Verde

Oceania/ Pacific Islands
Samoa

Prevention
  • Avoid Mosquitoe bites
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net

Cure
  • No drug or medication to prevent or treat Zika virus
Work Cited

CDC Center for Disease Control. Zika Virus. January 26, 2016. <http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html > retrieved 29-Jan-2016