Healthy Kids: Zika virus outbreak

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411 on Zika Virus:
All cases in the US are from travel.
Spread by mosquitoes, transfusion and sexual contact.
Disease is usually mild.
1/5 infected have symptoms.
Concern:  birth defects in babies, Guillian Barre
Symptoms of Zika Virus:
1 in 5 people infected will get sick.
Joint pain
Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Muscle pain
Zika Virus Disease:
Usually mild symptoms
Incubation period is unknown
Last several days to a week.
Disease spread can only occur in the first week
Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
Prevention of Zika Virus:
No vaccines exists.
Prevent mosquito bites.
Spread of disease is greater during the daytime.
If pregnant, avoid traveling to high risk countries
Mosquito Bite Prevention:
Use insect repellents – safe for pregnant women
Best repellents contain:  DEET, picaridin, IR3535
Separate application of sunscreen followed by insect repellent
Spray insect repellent on clothing.
Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants.
Use A/C or window/door screens.
Sleep under a mosquito bed net.

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