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the news 03.16
lAst ye Ar, everyone was worried about contracting ebola. This year, there’s a new disease
that has the world and the CdC calling it a widespread epidemic: Zika virus. The concern is
emphasized for pregnant women as the disease is linked to “microcephaly,” aka an unusually
small head in babies. this causes severe developmental issues or worse, death.
Here’s what you and your clients need to know:
• The virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which lives in tropical areas.
A confirmed case in texas, though, proved the disease can be sexually transmitted.
• Typically, the incubation period is 3-12 days.
• The CDC recommends Zika patients get plenty of rest, lots of fluids and take acetaminophen for fever
or pain. But patients should avoid taking aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen
Mosquito Bite Prevention
and naproxen to reduce the
risk of hemorrhage.
• Pregnant women are
advised not to travel in these
martinique, Puerto rico
and saint martin
el salvador, guatemala,
honduras, mexico and Panama
South America: Bolivia,
ecuador, french guiana,
suriname and Venezuela
SOURCE: ALLISON BELL
AND LYNETTE GIL,