Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Zika Virus Basics

Zika virus is a mosquito born illness.  A mosquito becomes infected when it bites someone who has Zika virus.  It can also be transferred through sex or mother to new born baby.  Most Zika infection is not very serious, flu like symptoms.  They may have joint pain, rash, fever which may last for a couple weeks.  Zika illness during pregnancy can transfer microcephaly to the infant.  This is a serious brain disorder.

Things to prevent Zika Virus includes wearing long sleeves when in places with Zika virus, stay where there is air conditioning and window screens, take steps to control mosquitoes, Use Environmental Protection Agency approved insect repellants.  Mosquito netting can be used for babies.
If you suspect you have Zika virus get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, take medicines like acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain, do not take aspirin, talk to your doctor if you are taking other medication.

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