Regarding the worries that some expressed about the risk of Zika, we transcribe some information that would give you a better perspective of the virus.

Some facts about the outbreak are:

  1. “The symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days.” (1)
  2. “Zika virus disease is usually relatively mild and requires no specific treatment. People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines.” (1)
  3. “Thus far, Zika fever has been a relatively mild disease of limited scope, with only one in five persons developing symptoms, with no fatalities.” (2)
  4. “Data suggests that newborn babies of mothers who had a Zika virus infection during the first trimester of pregnancy are at an increased risk of microcephaly”

About the media Frenzy regarding zika you can read (3).

(1)http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zika_virus

(3) http://www.dw.com/en/no-need-to-panic-about-the-zika-virus/a-19007842

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