The Threat of the Zika Virus

The World Health Organization has declared Zika Virus Disease as a global public health emergency.

The major threat of the Zika virus is to a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
If a mother to be is infected with the Zika virus during her pregnancy, her  unborn child becomes infected with that virus. The threat to the child is being born with birth defects linked to the Zika virus. Zika virus disease reportedly carried by mosquitoes has been linked to thousands of babies, having been born with underdeveloped brain

Neither a vaccine nor prophylactic medications are available to prevent the Zika virus infection as of this date.

What is Zika virus? 

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne single-stranded RNA virus.
fever, rash, joint pain, and red eye are said to be the most common symptoms.

How is Zika virus transmitted?

The spread of Zika virus can be transmitted through sexual contact. (New Update )

This information is based on the fact that a person living in the United States has been infected with the Zika Virus Disease through sexual contact with another person, after that individual returned from another country.

The Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily from the bite of a mosquito after it has bitten an infected person who has the Zika Virus: When that same mosquito bites a human being, the Zika virus from the mosquito enters into that person’s blood. This person is now infected with Zika virus. It is fair to say that if this infected person is bitten by non- infected mosquitoes or other insects, this virus is passed on and transmitted to other human beings through bites and skin penetration from these Zika infected species. And now has been discovered to be transmitted from human to human through sexual contact. 

This is the information from those who has been following the cases, of those who have been infected by the Zika virus. At this particular time, some are saying, there is very little information they can give on this virus.

 “Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Aedes mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and feed both indoors and outdoors.  Zika virus can be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth. We do not know how often Zika perinatal transmission occurs. In the Americas, Zika virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes aegypti, but Aedes albopictus mosquitoes can also transmit the virus.”

Here is some helpful information Provided:

CDC recommends that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing (10). If a pregnant woman travels to an area with Zika virus transmission, she should be advised to strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites (11,12). Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite both indoors and outdoors, mostly during the daytime; therefore, it is important to ensure protection from mosquitoes throughout the entire day (13). Mosquito prevention strategies include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–registered insect repellents, using permethrin-treated clothing and gear, and staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms. When used as directed on the product label, insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are safe for pregnant women (14,15). Further guidelines for using insect repellents are available online ( (11,15).

 written by Ellen J. Barrier
Barrier's Books & Associates
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