US Embassy Reports The Presence of ZIKA VIRUS In Cameroon

The US Embassy has warned its citizens of the presence of the Zika Virus in Cameroon.

According to the World Health Organization, “The Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted mainly by the genus Aedes mosquitoes".  Victims may have symptoms which resemble those of other arboviruses, such as dengue, including fever, rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, discomfort and headache,which normally disappears within 2 to 7 days.
The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by a simple infected genus Aedes mosquito bite.The Aedes Aegypti usually bite during the day, with peak activity in the early morning and late afternoon and early evening and the same mosquitoes also transmit dengue , Chikungunya and yellow fever.

It is common especially in the tropics and Zika outbreaks have been reported in the Pacific region too.The virus has now spread to South and Central America, the Caribbean and South East Asia and Africa.
Though  primarily mosquito- borne, it can also be sexually transmitted. Other routes of transmission are currently being investigated, e.g blood transfusions.
For most people it is a very mild infection and isn’t harmful. 
However, it may be more serious for pregnant women, as there’s evidence it causes birth defects – in particular, abnormally small heads (microcephaly), according to WHO.
Risk of catching Zika virus can be reduced by using insect repellent and wearing loose clothing that covers your arms and legs.

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