First identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys, and later in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. Since its first recorded outbreak reported from the Island of Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) in 2007, Zika virus has wreaked havoc in several parts of the globe.
A total of 86 countries have reported confirmation of mosquito-transmitted Zika infection, to date. The latest outbreak happened in the year 2015 in Brazil and soon spread across different parts of Asia and American earning it the tag of a global epidemic. As the Zika scare grips the globe, here is what you need to be aware of:
The Zika Virus has an incubation period of 3-14 days, most of the people affected by it do not develop any specific symptoms during this time. Symptoms are generally mild and can be confused as other conditions as they are characterised by fever, rash, conjunctivitis, aches & pains and headache.
According to research, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other congenital abnormalities in the new-born. It can also lead to complications resulting in a miscarriage and preterm birth.
Zika is a deadly virus, which if not treated on time can turn fatal. Timely diagnosis, proper care and most of all active awareness can help you beat this disease.