3 thoughts on “Bitten: Zika Virus 101

  1. From Mayo CLinic:

    There’s no vaccine or specific treatment. Instead the focus is on relieving symptoms and includes rest, re-hydration, and acetaminophen for fever and pain. Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen should be avoided.

    I am sure that there are some expat new age, wackos that have treatments. Best is to follow advice and prevent bites as covered by Don’s post.

    One thing left out is to drain all standing water after every rain storm. Hard to accomplish in the we season but worthwhile, just like Dengue Fever prevention–there is a vaccine for it,but hasn’t reached Panama yet. Spraying to control Mossies and possibly a genetically modified mosquitoes that are sterile is also a control technique, but again not in Panama yet. If it were the non-GM expat crowd would protest.

  2. Thank you Joe. I believe there are lots of people wondering around here with the virus who would not consider going to the doctor for it. Does not appear to be life threatening but has some very bad side effects like for pregnant women. I will go to war with mosquitoes. Ross

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