Caution: Zika Alert In The Philippines

I know it was so scary to know that DOH have already confirmed that the Zika virus is now here in our country. For sure there are lots of Filipinos who don't know or perhaps don't have knowledge about this kind of virus that can be spread out.

We should be more cautious to our surroundings. As they say, "It's better to prevent than to cure!" But what if, there is no vaccine against the virus, like Zika? In fact, One in four people infected with Zika only develops symptoms while a very small portion of people may suffer complications after contracting the virus. 

What is Zika?

Zika is a kind of virus that being transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti, the same mosquito that transmitted Dengue and Chikungunya Virus. It could be symptomatic or asymptomatic.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild Fever
  • Skin Rash
  • Joint Pain
  • Conjunctivitis Fatigue
  • Headache

What to do if symptoms appear?

  • Treatment varies depending on the symptoms.
  • Do not self-medicate. Consult a doctor.
  • If symptoms worsen or other complications develop, seek medical attention immediately, you could be at risk.
  • Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs.
  • Have plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Take plenty of fluids.

How to prevent the risk of Zika, Dengue, or Chikungunya Virus infection?

  • Prevention starts at home.
  • Eliminate breeding sites such as flower pots, old tires, bottles and any other recipients where water can accumulate.
  • Cover all household water tanks and container to ensure that mosquitoes cannot get into them.
  • Prevent the accumulation of rubbish, dispose it in sealed plastic bags and use covered bins.
  • Keep drains clear to prevent stagnant water from accumulating.
  • Use insecticide-treated mosquito screens or curtains to cover windows and doors.
  • Wear long sleeves, long trousers and hats.
  • Use insect repellents recommended by health authorities
  • Share this information.

If you find it informative and may help concern people, now is the time that you share this article to all your friends and love one.

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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