Zika And Pregnancy

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What Is The City Of Pharr Doing To Protect You?.

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    Monitoring mosquito populations and applying pesticides when appropriate throughout thesummer months to reduce the number of mosquitoes, minimizing the risk of mosquito-bornediseases. For a complete schedule, visit our Mosquitoes Spraying Events page.

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    Working closely with the Hidalgo County Health Department, local healthcare professionals,other local jurisdictions to actively monitor the situation.

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    Meeting with experts who focus on clinical implications of the virus and mosquito controlstrategies.

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    Distributing the Travel Warning: Zika and Pregnancy flyer to providers, elected officials, HealthDepartment clinics, and community and faith based organizations.

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    Developing a public awareness campaign around mosquito bite prevention.


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    Conducting outreach to women’s health providers including OB/GYN, Pediatrics and FamilyMedicine facilities.

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    Conducting outreach to community and faith based organizations to educate on the risks oftravelling to impacted countries.

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    Preparing for the start of mosquito season by expanding upon current mosquito controlactivities used to prevent West Nile Virus if Zika virus is found locally.

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    Advising providers to check for symptoms of Zika virus in patients who have travelled and report cases to the Texas Health and Human Services or CDC.

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    Working with Hidalgo County and the State of Texas to establish local testing facilities forPharr.

Some Basic Facts About Zika.


Zika virus is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito the same mosquitos that spread dengue and chikungunya.


Most people (80%) who get infected with Zika do not get sick. For those who do get sick, the sickness is usually mild. Most people recover on their own.
However, Zika causes birth defects.




Zika is not spread from person to person by casual contact. But can be transmitted through sexual contact, from mother to child, or through a blood transfusion.
*At the moment there is no vaccine for Zika virus.

Symptoms . Diagnosis . Treatment.

Symptoms

Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have the disease because they won’t have symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.

  1. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
  2. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.
  3. Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week but it can be found longer in some people.

Diagnosis

The symptoms of Zika are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya, diseases spread through the same mosquitoes that transmit Zika.
Your doctor or other healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya.


Treatment

There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus.

  1. Get plenty of rest.
  2. Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  3. Take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or paracetamol to reduce fever and pain.

Areas Affected By Zika Virus.

Zika is affecting parts of Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and other places listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The type of mosquito linked to the current outbreak, Aedes aegypti, lives in these places. Aedes aegypti has been found in Pharr.
*At the moment there is no vaccine for Zika virus.


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United States Map

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*For and interactive map visit Healthmap.org

Zika is not spreading in Pharr. A mosquito that can carry Zika is found in Pharr during the summer. This mosquito is called Aedes aegypti. Aedes aegypti is able to spread Zika to people, but health experts are still determining how easily it spreads from mosquito to humans. Just because a mosquito can carry the virus does not mean that it will cause an outbreak. Health experts are planning for the possibility that Aedes aegypti could get infected with Zika locally and are taking aggressive steps to monitor this and take action if needed.