More news on Zika

The Lancet medical journal just published a study showing an association of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (an acute muscle weakness disease)and infected persons with Zika virus in French Polynesia. during their 2013-2014 outbreak.  We are seeing this same sydrome right now in Latin America associated with Zika virus.

 

Here again is the link to protecting yourself from Zika Virus.

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html

 

 

Zika Virus

Yes microcephaly in newborn babies  in newborn babies seems to be really associated with this virus. ( a baby’s developing brain doesn’t grow properly which can cause development, neurological  and learning problems)  I would not hesitate to use insect repellent liberally if I was traveling to these areas. I am telling child bearing women to use 2 forms of birth control or better yet avoid sexual contact completely if they have have to travel to an affected area, including the Caribbean, during their stay and for several weeks after they return home as if infected the virus can be in the body for a few weeks upon return to a nonZika area. (Studies will be looking to define this period of time after the first day of infection)  In addition, the virus appears transmission by sexual contact.  Women of child bearing age should avoid sexual contact with anyone returning from an infected until they are proven to not have the infection. The CDC has developed an exceptionally good link for Zika virus information.

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

Information on protecting yourself from Zika virus:

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html

Ebola should still be on our radar.

We can not stop due diligence.  Continued screening and testing is needed in our fight of this deadly disease.  Early detection in affected countries in crucial to control this disease.

A nurse, returning from Sierra Leone, was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Italy, the first time a person has received an Ebola after returning to Italy. The patient is currently undergoing treatment in Rome.

Get a flu shot

40,000 people die every year of pneumonia and influenza in the United States.  Often bacterial  pneumonia complicates influenza.  The outcomes of both of these infections improve if you are vaccinated.  There are pneumonia and influenza vaccines available at your doctor’s office and pharmacies.  There are screening questions to ensure you don’t have a contraindication and shouldn’t get the vaccine.  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm