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The Zika Virus and Missouri

May 25, 2017

From the recent studies, it has been identified that the people living in Missouri are at the risk of getting Zika virus. One symptomatic disease case has already been reported from the state. If people have a clear understanding about Zika, they will be able to stay away from getting this virus.

The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of a mosquito species, which is known as Aedes Albocictus or Aedes Aegypt. This mosquito has been found in more than 50 different countries out there in the world. It includes North, South and Central America as well.

Travel related cases associated with the Zika virus has been reported from Missouri. However, there aren’t any cases reported due to local bites. It doesn’t mean that you can stay away from the risk of being infected. You still need to pay special attention towards Zika because there is a potential for the mosquito to be found within the state.

From the recent studies, it has been identified that most of the people who get infected with Zika virus don’t show any symptoms at all. However, when a person is affected with the virus, he would be protected from future infections. There is also a possibility for infected people to pass the virus to another person. In other words, a human being can act as a transmitter of Zika, until the virus is present within the blood.

When a person is infected with Zika, it will stay within blood for a period of 7 days. Therefore, people who are infected with the virus should be provided with special care during the first week. On the other hand, Zika virus can also get transmitted through sexual relationships.

Some of the most common symptoms that are associated with the Zika virus include joint pain, rash, fever and red eyes. When a person is infected with the virus, the illness would usually be a mild one. The symptoms would last until the virus stays within blood, for a period of one week. In most of the cases, people don’t become sick enough to be admitted to the hospital. It is not a fatal illness and the chances of death associated with the virus are negligible. However, it is important to keep in mind that getting infected with Zika virus during pregnancy can give life to serious birth defects.

There are two main methods available for the people to prevent getting infected with the Zika virus. Both prevention methods would start with you. As the first step, you need to take required steps in order to reduce the mosquito populations such as a mosquito yard treatment. Favorable conditions of the mosquito spreading Zika virus can be seen in Missouri. Since the mosquito can be found in many nearby states, people in Missouri need to be aware of the risk associated with it. However, you should also keep in mind that Zika virus can get infected from one person to another through personal relationships. Therefore, you should try to limit the interaction with people who are affected with the virus for a period of 7 days. It includes avoiding sexual relationships as well.

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