The World Health Organization today announced that the ZIKA virus officially became a global health threat. The experts from the organization are extremely worried because of the accelerated spread of the virus and about the catastrophic consequences it has on people, for which they require immediate urgent action.
The virus affects the health of thousands of babies born with underdeveloped brains.
The CEO of the World Health Organization, Margarete Chan, stated that she requires an international coordinated response for this threat, but for now, there’s no need for blocking the roads.
With this warning, the ZIKA virus is placed in the same risk category as the Ebola virus.
As of September 2015, there have been 3.700 cases of babies born withmicrocephaly – a condition caused by the infection with the ZIKA virus, because of which children are born with abnormally small heads and an underdeveloped brain. The infection has been registered in 22 countries in the USA. The existence of the virus has been confirmed in two European countries – Portugal and Denmark.
There is no cure or vaccine for the ZIKA virus as of yet, and the only prevention is to avoid getting bitten by an “Aedes” mosquito. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten altogether.
Here are some tips on how to do it:
Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
Remove sources of standing water, which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Remember that mosquitoes that spread ZIKA virus may be more likely to bite during daytime hours.
Apply insect repellents and reapply as directed. Check with your doctor about what kinds of repellents are safe to use in pregnancy.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and tuck your pants into your socks when outdoors.
Wear light-colored clothing, since mosquitos are thought to be more attracted to darker colors.
Avoid the use of scented skin care products.
Sleep under a mosquito net.
Understanding prevention now is key, and that means taking the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten.