zika virus advisoryThe Department of Health is currently at the height of its information dissemination on Zika Virus infection, a vector-borne disease caused by a flavi virus. The Zika virus is transmitted to human through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes mosquito, same mosquito that transmits dengue and chikungunya.

Zika virus symptoms is usually 2-7 days after the mosquito bite. Zika can cause headache, red eyes, skin rash, joint pain, and fever. It also causes a complication to the baby inside the womb of his mother. It may develop abnormality in the size of its head due to incomplete brain development called microcephaly.

Zika, Chikungunya, and dengue infection can be prevented by simply covering the drums, pails, and other waste containers at all times; cleaning and replacing the water in flower vases once a week; covering the holes around the house with soil or sand; removing or piercing old tires that are being used as roof support, also those tires placed around the house that might hold water; flip-over empty bottles, jars, tin cans, and other items that can collect and hold water; cleaning and removing water on dish racks and other household items that can hold water; using mosquito repellants to avoid mosquito bites; using mosquito nets when sleeping at daytime; wearing long sleeves or clothes that will protect your skin from mosquito bites; and fogging should be done when there is an impending and during outbreaks.

People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care and advice.