Sept. 18, 2015
Time to add a new dot to the map. ~ Zika virus is in Yucatan. ~
Zika virus is spread to people through Aedes aegypti mosquito bites. Zika virus disease (Zika) most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eye. Symptoms are usually mild, lasting from several days to a week. Severe symptoms requiring hospitalization are uncommon.
Does this sound like any fever-disease(s) you already know?
Unfortunately, Zika presents very much like Dengue and Chikungunya.
Right… You just learned how to say “Chik” -“coon” – “Goon” – “ya” … and another Aedes aegypti borne virus pops-up.
There is no vaccine to prevent nor medicine to treat Zika. Protect yourself from this disease by preventing Aedes Aegypti mosquito bites: Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens ~ especially in the morning ~ as that is when Aedes Aegypti females are most actively feeding.
Treatment for Zika is the same as for Chikungunya and Dengue Viruses: No aspirin, no NSAIDs (Advil, ibuprofen, Advil etc), rest, stay hydrated, and watch for serious symptoms during Days 4 – 6 of the fever.
Since Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue viruses have so many of the same symptoms, it’s important to treat potential Zika infections just like the more dangerous Chikungunya & Dengue virus infections. Dengue infections can sometimes proceed to very serious bleeding into the gut (vomiting congealed blood like coffee grounds – or passing black stools) or bleeding from the eyes or profuse bleeding from the gums or nose …
So WATCH FOR nasty symptoms during Days 4-6 of the disease … and GO TO A HOSPITAL for treatment if you have these symptoms … as the patient may have dangerously low levels of platelets due to EITHER Dengue or Chikungunya virus infections … infections that present like the less harmful Zika.
Since Zika is caused by the same Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as Dengue and Chikungunya virus, and because they have very similar symptoms, please read about Dengue and Dengue prevention … AND TAKE ACTION
… because Chikungunya can cause fatigue and joint pain that last months to years
… and Dengue sometimes proceeds to the dangerous symptoms of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF)
Dengue Fever Information: What to Do?
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We know of only one lab in Merida that can test for all 3 of these viruses ~ Clinica de Merida ~ on Avenida Izaes ~ … Know that the treatments are the same, so knowing which virus you have does not change your actions nor your treatments …
~ Also know that we should wait until at least Day 4 of infection to Day 6 of infection BEFORE getting tested, because our bodies do NOT make enough antibodies for the hospital lab serum (blood) tests to work.
Blood antibody tests made earlier than Day 4 likely INCORRECTLY report that you have no Dengue/Chikungunya/Zika virus.
Finally … Zika virus cases have been sporadically confirmed on & off for the past 3(?) months in Merida, but they were so few that it was unclear whether they were coming in with tourists/travellers – or whether Zika was here to stay (endemic) from entering our Aedes aegypti Yucatan mosquito population. … Based on recent Zika patients: It looks like Zika is endemic (here to stay) … and may be approaching epidemic levels.
~ But because Zika symptoms are so similar to Dengue & Chikungunya virus infections, that achy joint, feverish, and achy muscles you had these past 3(?) months, may actually have been Zika.
Keep your racquet at the ready … Keep your screens in good condition …
… and eliminate even table-spoon-sized mosquito breeding sites from inside and outside your house …
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© Steven M. Fry
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