Zika has been in the headlines for the majority of the year. People across the country have been warned about contracting the virus and the issues it could cause. For most people, the Zika virus is self-limiting, causing flu-like symptoms for a week or two. For pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, the virus could be more serious.
People in North Carolina have been diagnosed with Zika, but officials are quick to point out that each has traveled to an endemic area. There have been no known cases transmitted locally. That said, everyone should be concerned about the virus. Transmitted by mosquitoes, Zika has the potential of causing a serious outbreak in any state, including North Carolina.
Here are steps you can take to protect yourself:
Travel Warnings: The CDC issues travel warnings that are updated on a regular basis. Currently, Florida is the only state that has confirmed having locally transmitted cases. Anyone concerned about contracting the virus should avoid areas listed by the CDC.
Birth Control: If you traveled to Florida after June 15, wait at least eight weeks before getting pregnant. Utilize your preferred method of birth control for at least two months after you return home.
Mosquitoes: Use mosquito repellent often. Any mosquito repellent you buy in the store is effective, particularly the brands we are all familiar with. Additionally, consider wearing long pants and sleeves.
Standing Water: Be sure that you have no standing water on your property. Mosquitoes only need a quarter cup of water in which to multiply. Tip over any outdoor toys and lawn furniture to make sure that there is no water collecting on them.
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming so, the CDC has put together a website for you. The site has more information about the virus and precautions you can take. Many tips are applicable to everyone. While the Zika virus may be most concerning to pregnant women or women wishing to become pregnant, everyone needs to be aware of its potential dangers.
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