Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Health Advice For Those Who Travel To Zika Affected Region

Insect Bites
Zika is an infectious condition transmitted by mosquitoes. 80% of people infected by this virus are asymptomatic. In affected subjects, the signs and symptoms are mild fever, muscle and joint pain, conjunctivitis and generalised weakness.

Zika infection poses a great threat if you are planning to conceive or already pregnant, as it can have a serious complication on the foetus, potentially causing deformities and birth defects.

According to the investigation of U.N. Health Agency, three cases of Zika infection have been discovered in Guinea Bissau. The national authorities are trying to find out whether the virus of same strain that has affected people in Brazil and other regions.

Here are few effective tips for those who travel to Zika prone regions:
Insect Repellent Pump Spray
  • Apply insect repellent – Apply an insect repellent during the day. Choose one that is high in DEET, Picardin or PMD concentration. If outdoors, you can apply sunscreen prior to repellent application. Go through PHE’s guidance for mosquito bite avoidance. Reapply insect repellent as instructed.  
  • Cover your body – Wear loose-fitting clothes and cover you entire body. Additionally, wear hand gloves and socks.
  • Take steps to get rid of mosquitoes in the surroundings
  • Use mosquito bed net at night
If you experience signs and symptoms, seek medical attention at the earliest. The symptoms usually last for 2 to 7 days. There is no specific treatment or vaccine to cure this condition. Symptomatic treatment can bring relief, such as –
  • Get adequate rest
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take antipyretic like Paracetamol to reduce pain and fever
  • Talk to doctor if you are already under any treatment
Before going to Zika affected region, make sure you take precautionary steps by using a superior quality insect repellent. You should take special care as mosquitoes can bite you at any time of the day. If you are pregnant, it is recommended not to travel in vulnerable areas. Get immediate attention if you experience Zika symptoms.

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