Posted: October 14, 2016 Contributor: administrator

10 Things You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Zika has been splashed across news headlines consistently for the last year. However, a Harvard poll found that while many Americans know of the Zika virus, there are still some big misconceptions floating around. That is why we’ve compiled a list of Zika virus “must-knows.”

1. First, and likely the most important, pregnant woman should refrain from traveling to areas with Zika.

2. Zika has been linked to a serious birth defect, microcephaly.

3. Brazil has declared Zika a public health emergency. It has spread across Latin America.

4. Travel recommendations have been expanded to 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

5. Two types of tests are currently available for Zika:  A urine test for those exposed in under two weeks time and a blood test for three to 12 weeks post-exposure.

6. Zika can be sexually transmitted.

7. Zika virus has been reported in gay partners as well as straight. Always wear a condom if you are at risk for exposure and avoid sharing sex toys.

8. People carrying the Zika virus will most likely not show any symptoms.

9. We currently DO NOT have a vaccine or cure for Zika.

Travelers returning from a Zika area can spread the virus via mosquito bites. If a non-Zika mosquito bites someone with Zika, the mosquito can then pass the virus to other people.

If you believe you have the Zika virus, see your doctor. If you are a pregnant woman or are planning to get pregnant within the next few years, avoid Zika infested areas and protect yourself from mosquito bites.

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