Here Come Another One……ZIKA VIRUS

Here Come Another One……ZIKA VIRUS

Good Afternoon, Family. Another ‘not sexy’, yet extremely critical and detrimental topic….ZIKA Virus Take a close look at the map below. The geographic origins of this virus physically abuts half of the southern states, and likely affect the remaining states of the Union based upon vacation and travel patterns.       What is ZIKA VIRUS? 1. Mosquito-borne Virus…….Transmitted By Mosquitos (Aedes aegypti) 2. Mexico…..South America…..Central America….Puerto Rico….Carribean 3. Birth Defects…….Microcephaly (small head and abnormal brain development)                            4. Neurological Disease…..Guillain-barré syndrome (muscle weakness.. paralysis…loss of reflexes….numbness/tingling) 5. Symptoms….Fever…..Rash….Joint Pain……Conjunctivitis/’Pink Eye’ (Inflammation/Infection of the Outer Layer of the Eye and Eyelids)                     *******ONLY 1 IN 5 AFFECTED WITH VIRUS HAVE SYMPTOMS********* 6. Treatment……No Vaccine or Specific Medication Rest….Fluids……Preventative measures to prevent mosquito bites, which can then infect the mosquito and propagate the virus in your geographic area!!! Why Should We Care? This is affecting thousands of human beings and new lives. With travel and the natural migrations of humans, as well as other species, this is now an issue that has the potential to spread rapidly across this nation….PUTTING US ALL AT RISK!! *************AT LEAST 36 PEOPLE INFECTED IN THE U.S.************* ************VIRGINIA COLLEGE STUDENT CONTRACTED VIRUS WHILE TRAVELING IN CENTRAL AMERICA…..Reported Today************ Who’s Affected and At Risk? All who travel in the affected areas. Particularly PREGNANT women, in whom the virus may result in MICROCEPHALY of the unborn baby.       What is Microcephaly?     The baby’s head is abnormally small. Can be diagnosed by Ultrasound...