Zika virus disease has become a nationally notifiable condition in 2016, the cause for alarm is “The cause for alarm is women for who are pregnant and infants as Zika can be passed during pregnancy putting the child at risk for a possible congenital infection and neurologic abnormalities” states Dallas OBGYN Dr. Nathan Thomas. The Zika virus has also been diagnosed via sexual transmission and blood transmissions. Zika has also been found in asymptomatic blood donors during an ongoing epidemic.
The Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito-Aedes species. The mosquito is an aggressive daytime biter and feeds both indoors and outdoors near dwellings. Both humans and animals and human-to-vector-to-human transmission occur during outbreaks.
Zika Virus Symptoms
1 in 5 people can be infected with Zika virus and will become ill the most common symptoms of Zika are:
- Fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes)
- Muscle pain and headache
- Incubation period is approximately a few days to a week.
- Illness will last for a couple of days to a week
- The virus will remain in your blood a few days
- Hospitalization is uncommon
- Deaths are rare
Treat the Symptoms
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink fluids to prevent dehydration
- Take an acetaminophen or paracetamol, to relieve fever and pain
- DO NOT take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen. Aspirin and NSAIDs should be avoided until ZIKA can be ruled out due to the cause of excess bleeding. If taking medicine for another medical condition, talk with your doctor before taking additional medication.
The key is to seek diagnosis promptly from a board-certified obstetrician if you are pregnant or have just given birth.
*Healthcare providers are encouraged to report cases to local state, and the state is encouraged to report laboratory-confirmed cases to the CDC.
Dr. Nathan Thomas is a Dallas, Texas Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Thomas is one of the most sought after OBGYN’s in Dallas. He follows hundreds of patients yearly all receiving the same quality of care and expertise. Dr. Thomas has been named Top10MD since 2015, and 2016 – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule your first appointment contact Dr. Thomas or call 972-566-4555.