Information on Zika Virus infection- Source list

August 25, 2016Carole 1 Comment »

Over the last few months, the information about the risks of ZIKA virus infection have been accumulating. Below are some reputable sources for information.

See all CDC fact sheets and posters on Zika here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/fs-posters/#basics

ASRM’s statements on Zika Virus dangers: https://www.asrm.org/Templates/SearchResults.aspx?q=zika

Bottom line:

Zika infection is one cause of microcephaly in infants in utero. Microcephaly is a condition in which the brain fails to develop normally and causes various levels of cognitive impairment. In some cases, it is not compatible with life.

Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitos which are infected with the virus.

Once infected, men may harbor the virus in the semen for multiple months, even after it is non-detectable in blood. Zika virus can be transmitted via sex and or transmission of bodily fluids. See CDC info here:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/sexual-transmission.html

Zika infection is also a concern for those who have no intention of becoming pregnant or causing a pregnancy. There is evidence that Zika infection can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) .

From the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/zika/healtheffects/gbs-qa.html: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, and sometimes, paralysis.

  • Several countries that have experienced Zika outbreaks recently have reported increases in people who have Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).
  • Current CDC research suggests that GBS is strongly associated with Zika; however, only a small proportion of people with recent Zika virus infection get GBS.

Research by the CDC is ongoing but it underlines the need for EVERYONE to use mosquito repellent and other precautions to reduce their risk of mosquito bites- particularly in know active areas of ZIKA infection- which now includes the Miami area, until we better understand the implications of infection.

Prevention of Zika Virus infection: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html

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