The emergence of the Zika virus might have been reported from Brazil but it has now spread throughout the world including Australia, with various places reporting similar cases.
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that infects a body through the insect’s stings. It harms a body when an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus bites it. Mayo Clinic reported that the virus was discovered in 1947 in the Zika Valley of Central Asia. Gradually, however, it became prominent in southern Asia, America and Pacific Islands. The major concern is that pregnant women and fetuses are more prone to the infectious attack.
Deaths and hospitalizations are rare but these cases do exist. As far as the treatment of Zika virus in Australia and other nations are concerned, there have been no vaccines or medications yet obtained to cure the disease. However, there are some ways in which the infection can be tackled. The symptoms of Zika, including vomiting, can be treated to control the effects of the disease on the body. Some of the ways in which the effects can be controlled include the folllowing:
- It is advisable for patients to rest and avoid heavy tasks.
- Dehydration is another symptom of the infection, so patients can drink plenty of fluids to cope.
- Zika-affected people can take medication separately for separate indications as and when they appear.
- It is suggested that patients take proper advice from physicians before consuming any medicine.
- The patients must avoid intake of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Besides the above-mentioned ways of tackling Zika effect as suggested by CDS, there are other preventive rules that can also be followed. The most significant of all is to avoid traveling to places that are prone to Zika attacks. Australians are fond of traveling and sightseeing. However, they must control their passion and go for a trip only if it’s unavoidable. This is the foremost solution to ensure that no Zika infection reaches Australia or any other nation, which is unlikely to be affected.
In late June, The Guardian reported the experimental vaccine developed by scientists that is capable of protecting animals from the Zika virus effect. With the development, there are hopes that vaccines for human beings will also be developed sooner or later to help them get treated against the infection.