Pregnant women in should not panic over the Zika virus
This report is to intensify awareness on the Zika fever.
Pregnant women should defer to travel to Zika-affected countries. Travellers should take measures to avoid mosquito bites to prevent infection, including insect repellent.
There is a theoretical risk of Zika transmission following transfusion of blood or a blood product collected from someone who was infected with the virus. However, Red Cross reported that, “Blood Service defers donations from donors who have travelled to countries with mosquito borne viruses that are a transfusion-transmission risk, such as dengue and malaria”.
Fears over the virus have been growing as more reports link the Zika virus with birth defects, including microcephaly, when a child is born with an abnormally small head.
Public Health department of World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that, Zika virus an emergency concern.
Zika virus is transmitted by the same mosquito that also transmits dengue and chikungunya.
Reports about scares are uprising mostly among expectant mothers. A Pregnant woman said,
“I am really scared because there is actually a possibility that the virus can spread”.
Public Health personels around the world are advising people, especially pregnant women and those planning to get pregnant, to avoid going to countries where the virus is in circulation, including Brazil, French Polynesia and some islands in southeast Asia.
Another measure to prevent wide spread of Zika virus. Anyone who has travelled abroad shhoould consult a doctor if they come down with fever, bloodshot eyes, rashes or joint and muscular pain.
Such people shoulld report to any nearest health centre as doctors have been alerted worldwide on what to look out for and collect samples of blood or urine for testing.
Health authorities with the World Health Organization shared information on the virus as well as the diagnostic and surveillance capacity.
WHO official Humphrey Karamagi said,that there is no need for residents around the world to panic and that the health ministries has a lot of experience in responding to health emergencies like this.
Existing preventive measures in line with the WHO declaration should be reinfoced
Already, there is prevention measures in place. Nations only need to reinforce surveillance at the port of entry and ensure that all airplanes are sprayed properly.
Zika virus itself is just a mild infection and the international community is still trying to analyse whether there is a real link to the babies being born with head deformities.
Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.
It is confirmed that the virus had also been passed via sexual intercourse.
Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported in the continental United States.