Zika Virus
Zika Virus

Prevention and CDC Guidlines

Published on: May 26, 2017 at 12:03:05 Viewed 139

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Zika Virus Series / Prevention and CDC Guidlines

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In this episode about the zika virus learn about ways in avoiding the virus like certain places in the world, what you should do if you find yourself in these areas, and any type of prevention methods you should know. 


Dr. Petrikovsky: The current recommendation regarding protecting oneself from Zika virus is first of all, avoid unnecessary traveling to high risk areas especially during mosquito season which is very important. The CDC usually issues guidelines, they identify online certain areas where Zika has been registered so clearly you really need to follow those guidelines to make a decision when to go and where to go. If you do have to go then obviously all the common sense precautions are very important. Number one, is particular clothes that will prevent mosquitoes from attacking you. You should use mosquito repellents, not only on the skin but also on the clothing, that's very important. Current CDC guidelines regarding prevention of transmission of the Zika infection by sexual route is, either use condoms for at least six months if the male partner was infected with Zika or has confirmed Zika infection or abstain from sexual activity and if someone develops the symptoms that may indicate infection with Zika then clearly forthur testing is required. Regarding treatment, most symptoms of Zika infection are very mild and require just symptomatic treatment. Currently there's no vaccination in place but clearly there's a lot of groups that are trying to develop Zika vaccine and hopefully within relatively short period of time it will appear. So you really need to exercise reasonable caution and take all the necessary measures to prevent oneself from being exposed to the virus.

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