Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Zika virus threat looms over Kerala

Zika Virus

The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic within the country appears to be subduing at the moment. But in some places like Kerala, there is still no respite from the pandemic. Moreover, the threat of the Zika virus is looming over Kerala. Initially, two Zika virus cases were detected within the state. But as a matter of concern, now the number of cases have increased to 21. Providing this information, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that the increasing cases of Zika virus amid the COVID-19 pandemic is alarming.

Why is the Zika virus so threatening?

The effects of Zika virus infection is similar to yellow fever, dengue and West Nile virus. Zika virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This particular species of mosquito is also responsible for dengue fever. The Zika virus can also pass from a pregnant mother to her child. However, anyone can fall prey to this virus.

The symptoms you shouldn’t ignore

Generally, Chikungunya and Dengue-like symptoms are found in people infected with the Zika virus. The symptoms take around two to seven days to appear after the bite of the mosquito carrying this virus. There are some specific symptoms which you should know about and contact the doctor as soon as possible if these symptoms persist.

Symptoms:

-Fever

-Muscle pain

-Headache

-Rashes

-Vomiting or Nausea

-Joint pain

Unfortunately, there is no medicine or vaccine yet to beat the Zika virus. In such a situation, to avoid this virus, one has to be protected these dangerous mosquitoes. Take necessary and proper precautions like mosquito repellents while going outdoors. If possible, mosquito nets should be used while sleeping in an open area, especially in the evening.

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