Zika Virus Disease
As if there is not enough to worry about regarding diseases and virus’ spread by insects, the Zika Virus is another. This particular virus is spread by mosquitoes (Aedes genus) and mostly affects those that live in the tropical regions of the Earth. This mosquito is also responsible for the transmission of yellow fever, chikungunya, and dengue as well.
Zika Virus Symptoms
Symptoms associated with this type of virus range from rashes, pink eye (conjunctivitis) and fever. The symptoms generally persist up to a weeks’ time and can even cause some joint pain and discomfort. While many may not get sick enough to actually have to go to the hospital for care, this makes it difficult for people to realize that they have been affected in the first place. One a positive note, once a person has been infected with the Zika Virus, they are often immune to outbreaks in the future.
Zika Virus Origins
Only about 14 cases had been documented before the year of 2007, however the Zika Virus was first discovered in the year 1947. The most recent documented outbreak took place in Brazil. It occurred in May of 2015 and then again early this year (Feb. 1, 2016.) It is more than likely that this virus will continue to spread into new areas in the immediate future.
It is important to know about the different virus’ that insects can carry. If traveling internationally to warmer climates we recommend you see a physician for a thorough check-up after traveling outside of the country for a couple weeks’ time.