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Center Moriches Update

OP-ED by Kelly Platt

What is the Zika Virus and how do we prevent it?
The Zika Virus is spread from a bite by an infected mosquito. There is no known vaccine for prevention. These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. They prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people. Should we worry about our pets being bit by an infected mosquito? The CDC states that there have not been any reports of pets or other types of animals becoming sick with Zika Virus.
The biggest concern how do I know if I was infected with the Zika Virus? If I have the Zika Virus, what are the symptoms? If you have any of the follow symptoms, don’t panic. Get yourself checked out by a medical professional.
The most common symptoms of Zika are:
Fever
Rash
Joint pain
Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Muscle pain
Headaches
If I am infected with the Zika Virus, are there any treatments?
There is no specific medication or vaccine for Zika Virus. Doctors advise the patients to:
Get plenty of rest.
Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
Take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce fever and pain.
Do not take aspirin or any anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding. (Dengue is a fever that is painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection).
If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your physician before taking additional medication.
When traveling, first question on our mind should be, what areas have been infected with the Zika Virus and what precautions should I take? The Zika Virus outbreaks have occurred in areas of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands. It’s been advised to wear some type of protection like DEET or treat your gear or clothing with permethrin, which is a long lasting repellent, wear a light colored, long sleeve shirt to prevent any mosquito or other bug bites.

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