Zika is generally a mild viral disease that is spread by the bite of an infected female Aedes aegypti mosquito; the same mosquito which spreads the Dengue Fever and Chikungunya virus.
If bitten by a mosquito infected with the Zika Virus, you may experience fever, headache, rash, joint and muscle pain, and in some cases, red eye.
Other associated symptoms of Zika Viral Disease are abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Zika Viral Disease has been associated with microcephaly; a condition which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads if their mother was infected with the virus within the first three months of pregnancy.
So, pregnant women in particular, need to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes.
In adults, Zika Viral Disease may cause Guillain Barré Syndrome, which causes muscle weakness and paralysis.
To protect you and your family, you should all make a habit of wearing light coloured long-sleeved shirts and long pants especially early in the morning and in the evening;
Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin and on clothing;
Ensure drums and other water storage containers are properly covered;
Inspect your premises for breeding sites for mosquitoes at least once a week and remove anything which can cause breeding.
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