Posted by: ncsu marine scientists on September 10, 2018 04:01:55 What you need to know about Zika virus: Symptoms symptoms are mild and usually go away within a few days.
However, if they persist or if they do not stop, they can cause severe and life-threatening symptoms.
Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (redness of the eyes).
Some people who are infected with Zika can have more serious symptoms including Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), Guilleria Fasciosa (GFS), and Guillana syndrome (GS).
If you have symptoms of Zika, consult your doctor immediately.
It is extremely important to seek treatment right away, as symptoms can last for months.
Your doctor may recommend taking anti-rejection medication to suppress symptoms and to slow the spread of the virus.
Symptoms may also include joint pain and joint stiffness.
It takes about four to seven days for symptoms to appear.
If you experience any symptoms that are not getting better, contact your doctor or contact the local health department for an evaluation.
CDC recommends that you get tested for Zika.
This includes blood tests, a urine test, and a saliva test.
Zika virus is transmitted through sexual contact.
It can also be spread through contaminated water and other surfaces.
To protect yourself and your family from Zika, it is important to: Drink clean water and not drink contaminated water or use open containers such as dishwashing detergent, soap, or detergent.
Wash your hands often and never use a sanitizer.
Wash clothes and surfaces frequently with soap and water.
Wash shoes and wear protective footwear to prevent skin and mucous from becoming infected.
Wear gloves to prevent exposure to the virus, especially while gardening, working, or at the pool.
Keep your house and yard clean.
Be cautious of mosquitoes, especially if you have asthma or allergies.
If symptoms of infection appear in the near future, seek medical attention right away.
The symptoms may be mild, but can last months.
CDC advises everyone to stay home from mosquito-infested areas and to limit mosquito-breeding areas to their own house.
If anyone who is pregnant is infected, they should not return to their home.
CDC has released a list of symptoms and precautions for pregnant women.
CDC also has guidelines for how to protect your child if you suspect your child may have Zika.
CDC offers this guidance for pregnant mothers: Limit your child to one hour outdoors every other day and one hour indoors.
Do not allow children under age 13 to stay at home during pregnancy.