- The Zika virus is transmitted primarily by the the bite of an Aedes mosquito - this same species also carries Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and other potentially fatal diseases.
- The Aedes mosquito is a daytime biting mosquito.
- Common symptoms of the virus include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, and headaches.
- Symptoms normally last for between 2-7 days.
- In rare cases, Zika can also be sexually transmitted, or in very rare cases contracted via blood transfusions.
- Contraction of the Zika virus has been linked with Microcephaly and other servere brain defects in infants.
- The Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant women to her fetus during pregnancy or at delivery, however the likelihood of this happening, and the effects remain unknown.
- Microcephaly is a condition where a baby is born with a small head or a head which stops growing after birth.
- There remains much to learn with respect to Zika virus and its links with microcephaly and long-term effects.
- Zika is currently the fastest-spreading disease in Brazil with reported cases have doubling since December 2015. There is no vaccine for Zika, nor for Chikungunya or Dengue so it is essential to avoid all mosquito bites!
- Since May 2015 Brazil has experienced an increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly.
More information on Zika:
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOES IN BRAZIL
Don't panic Help is at hand in the form of C.L.O.A.K:
|C||Cover up arms and legs with suitable clothing.|
|L||Light coloured clothing is strongly advisable. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours, especially black & blue – think jeans.|
Odours, bodily or otherwise like perfumes are strong attractants. Therefore washing thoroughly which includes exfoliating with a loofah and using incognito® hair & body wash is essential to minimise your attractiveness to biting & stinging insects.
Apply incognito® spray or Roll-on - incognito® mosquito repellent is 100% effective on all mosquitoes*, it is the only repellent that is clinically proven to protect against malaria after a clinical trial in the Bolivian Amazon (neighboring Brazil) on 4008 people. Reapply when necessary.
|K||Keep away from stagnant water.|
*incognito® spray and roll-on have also tested 100% effective on dengue-fever-carrying mosquitoes, along with Ticks (Another big problem in the Brazillian countryside.), fleas and Stable flies. www.incognitospray.com for products & more information under the Useful Info tab.
When following CLOAK you can be flexible if conditions allow e.g. it is windy –mosquitoes find it hard to fly, even in a strong breeze – though ensure you have insect repellent to hand for if the wind dies down.
The Dengue problem is so serious in Brazil that the authorities have called in some novel technology after their annual spend of millions of dollars on insecticides has failed to address the problem. Some pesticide firms are using this data to quickly go and spray the area with insecticide (Cover up your face and do not breathe the toxic gas; thick cloudy white smoke usually accompanied by)! However, the bottom line is not to get bitten by any mosquito!