Zika Virus: Mosquito menace has a new name

Each season comes with its pros and cons and we, as human beings learn to take the good with the bad. I remember my childhood days and frankly, we had environmental issues back in the 80’s too but it was not all that bad and we enjoyed our times outdoors regularly and were safe indoors.

Make kids wear full sleeves shirts while they are out to play

Cut to 2018, and with each season come different diseases and with each passing season, it gets uglier. Like, as the summer ends and the onset of monsoon bring showers we start fearing the mosquito menace.

Almost, the entire country is just fighting one issue – mosquito-borne diseases. Such a small buzzing creature but so fearful, especially during monsoons because it breeds in freshwater and the temperature and the season aids to the breeding of Aedes – the carrier of many deadly viruses like Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever and now Zika virus.

As a mother of two young girls who simply love the outdoors, I take care to employ all the methods to keep mosquitoes away both indoors and outdoors. As we are also traveling frequently, I make sure we always carry a mosquito repellent gel or lotion.

What is Zika Virus?

Zika Virus is one more addition to the long list of diseases spread by mosquito bite but this deadly virus can also be transmitted through sexual contact, blood transfusions and from an infected mother to her unborn child. All the diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria and now Zika have similar symptoms and can range in severity and would last for about a week or so. So, one needs to extra careful and aware.

Zika Virus spreads through a mosquito bite

What is more alarming about Zika is that the disease can be transmitted through an infected person’s semen, blood, urine, saliva, and the eye fluids. That is why this demands more precautions.

Symptoms and Impact of Zika Virus

Symptoms of Zika virus can start showing 2 to 7 days after the infection has set in and can last for almost a week. Sometimes the symptoms are so common that it becomes difficult to understand if you are suffering from Zika Virus attack. But a little caution and awareness can go a long way.

The most common symptoms of Zika Virus are:

  • Rashes
  • Joint Pains
  • Fever and
  • Redness in the eyes (conjunctivitis like infection)
How Zika Virus Affects?

In adults, Zika Virus is known to attack the immune system. In fact, studies have shown the link of Zika Virus to Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks your healthy nerve cells. In some cases, Zika virus also affects the brain leading to swelling and other neurological dysfunctions. Zika Virus adversely affects the fetus so pregnant mothers should take extra care if infected and visit a doctor immediately.

Prevention and Cure

Prevention is better than cure. To keep such deadly diseases at bay we should keep the following things in mind:

  • Don’t let the mosquitoes breed in and around your house. Zika Virus, like other mosquito-borne diseases it carried by Aedes mosquito which breeds in freshwater hence precaution, should be taken to not let water collect in unused buckets, water bottles, bird baths or coolers etc. We can obviously make use of mosquito repellents like Goodknight mosquito repellents like Goodknight Activ+ System in your homes.

    Don’t let clutter lie around your house
  • Wear full sleeves shirts and pants to keep your body covered so that you can save yourself from mosquito bites. Mosquito repellents like Goodknight fabric roll on, patches and cool gel are some other methods to keep mosquitoes at bay when you are on the move.
  • In case you come in contact with any person or locality where there has been a Zika outbreak then without fail you should get your test done.

While an effective vaccine for Zika Virus is being developed we should take care and keep ourselves protected from deadly mosquitoes.

(This is a sponsored post in association with Goodknight)

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