Published on: July 15, 2021


ZIKA VIRUS What is in news : Kerala is on alert of the Zika virus.

can you buy ivermectin over the counter What is Zika :

  • Viral infection
  • Host – Aedes aegypti mosquito
  • Symptoms – Skin rashes, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Headache, Fever, temperature around 102 degrees and others resembling Dengue
  • Transmission
  • Other health effects caused by Zika –
    • Guillain-Barré syndrome — a neurological disorder that could lead to paralysis and death
    • Microcephaly – Babies from infected mother who are born with small head
  • Treatment – No specific treatment / Vaccine, Clinically treated
  • Protocols followed by government on Zika outbreak
    • Mosquito control measures
    • Focus on contraceptives
  • MAHITI FOR PRELIMS : Zika was first identified in 1947 in Zika Forest, Uganda from where it derives its name.