Zika virus is a disease that has started to affect the lives of many people. To help you be able to prevent catching this virus, here are some facts that you should know.
History of the virus.
Zika Virus was first identified in monkeys from Uganda in 1947, according to the World Health Organization. In 1952, the virus was found in humans not only in Uganda, but also in the United Republic of Tanzania.
The virus had not been recorded in the Western Hemisphere until 2014, according to Vox.com.
How can you get it?
The virus is spread through Aedes mosquitos that transmit Zika, according to the World Health Organization.
Recently, studies have been shown that Zika can be transmitted through sexual contact, according to CBS News.
Another way that the virus can be spread through blood transfusions and body fluids, according to CBS News.
The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for a few days.
The virus remains in the blood of someone who has been infected for about a week, but can be longer.
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Brazil has been the affected by the virus with over a million people, according to Vox.com. It has also caused some children to be born with birth defects if the mother was carrying the virus while pregnant.
According to Vox, scientists at the CDC have found a relation to the Zika virus and microcephaly. Guillain-Barré syndrome has also been found to be related to the Zika virus.
Some ways that you can help prevent catching the virus is through applying insect repellent and wearing clothes that cover as much of the body as possible, according to the World Health Organization.
The CDC suggests that women who are pregnant try to avoid mosquitoes while traveling to Brazil and Latin America, according to Vox.com.