The Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne disease, which is transmitted by some species of Aedes mosquito, particularly Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes bite in the day, particularly around dawn and dusk.
Most people who get infected with Zika virus do not show any symptoms. Only one in five people who get it will feel sick, usually for a few days. In some cases, Zika infection can cause fever, rash, severe headache, joint pain, and muscle or bone pain. Illness from Zika is usually not severe and does not require hospitalisation.
The virus has been known since 1947, and has gained a higher profile due to suspected links between it and cases of microcephaly. Outbreaks of Zika virus have previously been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Recent outbreaks have occurred in Central and South America, the Caribbean, The Pacific and now Australia.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Zika virus and no specific treatment.
Precautions are necessary in the daytime as well as night time.
– Wear Long sleeved shirts and long pants
– Use Insect repellents
– Screen all openings on house
– Alfresco and Patio Screening
– Pool Enclosures