Zika virus making a come back
The Zika virus has become a unique disease, when it infects a body it manages to survive in the host, the immune system cannot eliminate it, this is the last finding by a group of researches and it is really scary and alarming and poses a real threat, vaccines were not totally efficient and effective in people infected with Aids or cancer or even in elderly and pregnant women during the last year outbreak in Brazil and south and central America.
Those scientists discovered that the Zika virus can stay in the body host immune system in a sleeping mode(dormant) and can surge again when the immunity status changes or gets weak, that means if you got already infected with this virus and you think you won’t feel it again you are wrong. Now with the starting season of hurricanes in the region and the increased amount of rain leaving a lot of surfaces of standing water, those mosquitoes will lay eggs and become more in numbers, and it is important to know that a single bite of a mosquitoes carrying zika can spread chikungunya and dengue as well.
The World Health Organization’s latest Zika classification table has over 30 Caribbean countries listed as areas “with new introduction or re-introduction with ongoing transmission” of the virus.
These countries are: Anguilla; Antigua; Barbuda; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Curacao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Haiti, French Guiana; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Maarten; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands.
Simple steps we need to take in our home and backyard and nearby area to prevent mosquitoes from breeding:
-don’t leave cans and bottles outside in the rain that can retain water
-if you have long grass in your garden better to trim it off short cause the mosquitoes can hide there.
-put screens on doors and windows
-change the water for your pet or bird frequently
In general, do not leave any possible open holes around the house where water can stand still and keep it clean.
Zika virus remains a top priority health issue although no significant cases have been reported in the region this year, it is crucial to make people aware of the potential dangers the virus can cause ,it is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, the symptoms include fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes and muscle pain, it can be sexually transmitted and men can carry the Zika virus in their semen for up to 6 months, everyone must educate themselves and others about this and watch the surroundings for any possible mosquitoes breed area, be safe.