Top 9 FAQs For Zika Virus


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Will I die from Zika virus? 


Zika virus is not harmful in most cases. However Zika virus can be harmful for pregnant women.

 

So what's the big deal?


Brazil declared emergency in 2015 as the Zika virus was believed to cause brain damage to 2,400 babies. The birth defect is known as microcephaly and prior to the outbreak of Zika virus, the country only saw 147 cases.

 

What's the big deal about microcephaly? 


A generation of babies born with this disease will require special attention their entire lives.


Why should we be worried?


It's spread by Aedes mosquitoes also known as the dengue mosquito. If you haven't realised, there are tonnes of them here in Southeast Asia too. Dengue cases have jumped up from about 40,000 cases a year in 2013 to about 115,000 a year in 2014 and 2015. That's about a 300% increase! That should give you an idea of how many Aedes mosquitoes are there out there.

 

Is there a vaccine for Zika virus? 


No, there isn't one yet.

 

Is there treatment for Zika?


If you're pregnant and is infected with the virus, there is nothing that can reverse the birth defect. This is why many countries have been issuing travel advice for pregnant women visiting affected countries.

There is NO DIRECT treatment to treat this virus at the moment, so you just have to rough it out and drink plenty of water/fluids and paracetamol to relieve the symptoms.

 

How to get diagnosed?


A blood test.

For those residing in Malaysia, you can test Zika Infection at Hospitals below:

1. Hospital Kuala Lumpur
2. Hospital Sg Buloh
3. Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Perak
4. Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah Kedah
5. Hospital Tuanku Jaafar Negeri Sembilan
6. Hospital Melaka
7. Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor
8. Hospital Pulau Pinang
9. Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan Pahang
10. Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab 2 Kelantan
11. Hospital Umum Sarawak
12. Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah Terengganu


 

What are the symptoms to look out for Zika virus?


Symptoms are pretty generic and similar to flu like:

  • Fever

  • Joint pains

  • Headache

  • Rash

  • Muscle pain

  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)


So how do we stay protected?


Here’s our recommendation for staying protected!

 

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Use insect repellent 


Repellents should be applied before you apply sunscreen.

Mosi-Guard 75ml Spray RM34.50 from Lazada.
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Install mesh


This particular one that we found seems easy to install.

Magic Mesh RM24.74 from Lazada.
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Sleep in one of these...


Wake up feeling like a princess.

Mosquito net RM32 from Lazada.
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Kill them! 


Destroy them.

Electric Mosquito Killer Lamp RM60 from Lazada.
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Kill them again! 


Mosquito Zapper Swatter Killer Racket RM28 from Lazada.
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Cover yourself up! 


With a onesie...

Royal Purple Spyro Dragon Costume RM118.30 from Lazada.
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by Shaun Lee

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