Urgent Care News: The Zika Virus

First Med Urgent Care News

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert with information about the first confirmed Zika virus in Brazil. You may have recently seen articles about this mosquito-borne virus circulating in the news. The reason for the hype is due to the World Health Organization declaring the Zika virus as a global pandemic. It has been deemed as such, because the virus is no longer limited to tropical areas of Africa and Asia, but it is also reaching the Americas. First Med Urgent Care wants to keep you in the loop, so we’re bringing you information about this virus.

Here are some facts about the Zika virus:

  • There is not yet a vaccine for treatment
  • The virus can be spread by mosquito bites or sexual contact
  • Studies indicate that the virus can be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn child, possibly causing defects

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been Zika virus cases reported in the United States. In response, the CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and countries where the Zika virus transmission is ongoing. It is recommended that you check these notices before planning any trips to these locations.

At this time the best prevention starts with each individual. If you must travel to places where the Zika infection is spreading, here are some things you can do to prevent it:

  • Wear long sleeves
  • Wear long pants
  • Wear a hat
  • Stay in buildings where windows and doors have screens
  • Apply insect repellent (before sunscreen if wearing sunscreen, too)
  • Apply permethrin to luggage, but don’t let it touch your skin

We, at First Med Urgent Care, hope that you and your families remain safe this spring and summer. Keep up with updates by continuing to check out information regarding the Zika virus at the CDC website, here.