The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne viral infection that primarily occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Most people infected with the Zika virus have no signs and symptoms, while others report mild fever, rash and muscle pain. Other signs and symptoms may include headache, red eyes (conjunctivitis) and a general feeling of discomfort. Zika virus is also called Zika or Zika virus disease.
Zika virus infections during pregnancy have been linked to miscarriage and can cause microcephaly, a potentially fatal congenital brain condition. The Zika virus also may cause other neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Researchers are working on a Zika virus vaccine. For now the best prevention is to prevent mosquito bites and reduce mosquito habitats.
SYMPTOMS OF ZIKA VIRUS
As many as 4 out of 5 people infected with the Zika virus have no signs or symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they usually begin two to seven days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of the Zika virus most commonly include:
- Mild fever
- Joint or muscle pain
Other signs and symptoms may include:
- Red eyes (conjunctivitis)
CAUSES OF ZIKA VIRUS
The Zika virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected aedes species mosquito, which can be found throughout the world. The virus was first identified in the Zika Forest in Uganda in 1947, but outbreaks have since been reported in southeastern and southern Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Americas.
When a mosquito bites a person infected with the Zika virus, the virus enters the mosquito. When the infected mosquito then bites another person, the virus enters that person's bloodstream.
The virus can also spread to the fetus during pregnancy.
Spread of the virus through sexual contact and blood transfusion have been reported.
COMPLICATIONS OF ZIKA VIRUS
Zika virus infections during pregnancy have been linked to miscarriage and microcephaly, a potentially fatal congenital brain condition.
The Zika virus may also cause congenital Zika syndrome, which includes these birth defects:
- Severe microcephaly with a partly collapsed skull
- Brain damage and reduced brain tissue
- Eye damage
- Joint problems, including limited motion
- Reduced body movement due to too much muscle tone after birth
The Zika virus also may cause other neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES OF ZIKA VIRUS
Rhus Tox,e.t.c can be safely used in Zika virus infection treatment.
These medicines come the closest in treating the symptoms of Zika virus infection. In an epidemics when a huge number of person are attacked by acute and similar sufferings from similar cause.