6 must-know facts about the feared Zika virus

6 must-know facts about the feared Zika virus

Many were alarmed as several cases of the feared Zika virus were confirmed in the Philippines with 17 patients already infected.

The Department of Health (DOH) recently reported two cases in Metro Manila (a non-bearing female in Mandalutong City and one male in Makati City) and 15 others from Iloilo, Muntinlupa, Cebu, and Antipolo.

Due to the endemicity threat, here are 6 important facts that everyone should know in order to keep yourself and your loved ones away from the terrifying virus:

# 1 Aedes aegypti mosquito is the culprit

Our most hated mosquito are the carriers of the Zika virus. Just like other virus, a mosquito carrying the Zika virus could transfer it through biting another person. The people who are bitten and who have already acquired the virus could then become a carrier.

#2 The virus-carrying mosquitos are active during the day

Unlike mosquitos carrying malaria, these zika-carrying mosquitos like to wander around and find their prey during the day. Though they are most active during the day, the can also survive at night.

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Virus-carrying mosquito (Photo from diariosalud.do)

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#3 The virus can be sexually transmitted

People infected by the virus should best not have sex or they can either use protections such as condom. The virus could also be transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

#4 Babies of pregnant women are most affected by the virus

Pregnant women who are infected by the Zika could transfer the virus to the child they are bearing. the virus has been linked to a neurological condition called 'microcephaly' where the baby's head is smaller than the usual size. Such condition can lead to the baby's movement and speech delay.

READ ALSO: Woman from Iloilo tested positive for Zika virus

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Baby affected by Zika virus (Photo from sciencemag.org)

#5 The symptoms are similar to that of dengue

Some symptoms of dengue are similar to Zika's. The symptoms include fever, rashes, pain in the joints, conjunctivitis or the redness of the eyes, severe headache, muscle pain, and even vomiting.

#6 There is no treatment for the virus

As of now, there is still no treatment for the virus. The symptoms could last several days up to a week. Requiring hospitalization for those infected are uncommon and there are rare fatalities resulting to Zika virus.

This baby, however, has a different yet shocking case that would leave you horrified and miserable at the same time:

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