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Zika is the scariest thing that has surfaced lately. It is a virus that is allegedly causing birth defects in newborns. Mother’s affected with Zika virus is giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a rare birth defect resulting in excessively smaller head and abnormal brain development. However, though microcephaly can also result from alcoholism in would-be mothers and from Rubella virus. But the sudden rise in the disorder alongside with the spread of the Zika virus has compelled researcher to raise the alarm against the virus.
However, the scariest part of the virus is, it is still unknown. We are not yet aware about the magnitude of risks involved with this virus. We know that this virus passes on from a mother to her unborn child. But how often does it affect the new born? Is it one in a thousand, in a hundred or in ten? The fact that sends a chill down your spine is that the infected person (a pregnant lady, in most cases) does not have any symptom. However, only people to have excessive percentage of virus in their blood stream complain of fever, redness of eyes and pain in different parts of their body.
Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes, but most of us are yet to know that it also lurks in semen, saliva, urine and breast milk. Though how long can the virus live in these fluids and what are chances to transmit the infection is yet to be clarified.
Prevention against Zika Virus
Expecting mothers or women planning a baby should stay away from places Zika affected places. If you reside in one of those Zika zones, it is better stay in with doors and windows screened down. It has been found that this virus hides in men’s semen for a longer time period. Hence if you are visiting a Zika prone zone, the use of condoms is recommended. Both partners should get checked for the Zika Virus before planning a baby.
Prevention is better than cure. Here it’s your newborn’s life is at stake. Seek these preventive measures till you get to know more about this vindictive agent.
Source : ScienceNews