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WHO: Zika virus – Questions and answers (Q&A)

December 22, 2019

Zika virus is a virus that is spread
to humans through the bite of the infected mosquito Aedes aegypti mosquito
which is also the primary vector that transmits dengue chikungunya and yellow
fever.This mosquito is found throughout different regions in the world, through
the Americas, in Africa, in Asia and also the Pacific Islands. In the beginning, when we first knew about this disease
in 1940s throughout 2007, it’s very mild fever, rash, conjunctivitis, which is the
reddening of the eyes. You could have muscle and joint pain. So basically self
limiting. Now with this virus, what we’re seeing is that there’s a question
whether there are severe complications to Zika virus and that can
include a neurological type of complications like Guillain-Barré
syndrome which is the weakening of muscles. Also there is a question whether
there is any association with the Zika virus and congenital malformations
like microcephaly. Right now in Brazil they are reporting increases of
microcephaly cases which is the small heads of newborn babies and so we’re
questioning whether there’s any relationship between Zika and
microcephaly. There’s no specific treatment for
Zika virus disease and there is no vaccine. However we have seen that most
of the cases are mild or some of them don’t even show any symptoms. However if you
do have symptoms, you can take supportive therapy medicines to cure your
headache or your muscle or joint pain. All travelers should follow the guidelines from their respective own
countries. As with all vector-borne diseases, we do advise all travelers, all
people living in areas of sub-tropical and tropical areas to wear protective
clothing. For pregnant women, we advise pregnant women to seek consultation with
their physician. The best way to prevent yourself
from getting bit by a mosquito is to use either mosquito repellent or
protective clothing during the peak hours of when the mosquitoes will bite,
which is usually early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Also for
children or elderly, or people that may be resting during the day, they can
use bed nets to also create another barrier between themselves and the


  • Reply Quranic Initials January 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    If a mosquito steals anything from them, they cannot recover it; weak is the pursue and the pursued (Quran 22:73). Disasters are not going stop.

  • Reply Erin Medovich January 29, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Bring those bug zappers indoors this summer haha

  • Reply Lame Nthibelang January 30, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Peak hours for mosquitoes is also at night

  • Reply akma bek January 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    thanks for this information about Zika deases

  • Reply Michel Percan January 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for video explanation, was looking this for to get to know the facts better.

  • Reply radwa fouda February 2, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Hey guys thank for this video, I wonder if there is any Arabic translation for Non-Med Arabic Audience? Coz I wanted to share it (P.S. I understand enough to translate, so send me If I can help)

  • Reply jigglymabob February 6, 2016 at 10:46 am

    the rising voice inflection is annoying

  • Reply Michael mayne February 7, 2016 at 4:48 am

    So I don't know how to explain this last night I got wasted and didn't sleep well and I only stayed inside so my body is sore but I also rode a few miles on my bike today and well what I'm asking is my inner thighs and my knees hurt and my eyes might be red so does that mean I have the virus (ps my legs and body hurt before I went riding idk if that helps my case) also I want to have kids and if I might have the virus does it affect my sperm or what not or is it like a cold and goes away eventually. Sorry if I'm overdoing this I'm just spooked

  • Reply Dharesh M February 7, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Thanks for the vid! ?

  • Reply Erick Boy February 10, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Are there any special evidence-based recommendations for women who are breastfeeding their babies in countries with significant risk of zika virus transmission?

  • Reply CJ May February 15, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Okay, this is all great, but what about the women who already have zika? Does it eventually go away? Do they just have to resign themselves to the possibility that their child will have birth defects? Do they have that virus for the rest of their life?

  • Reply Global Health with Greg Martin February 26, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Great video WHO – thanks for the update. Zika is a reminder that zoonotic infections need to be prioritised in terms of our global health protection efforts. Zika today. Who knows what tomorrow. Lets get health systems ready for pandemics.

  • Reply Dru Zod May 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Hypocrites. The WHO officially states that the ZIka Virus is a problem. more than 100 scientists recommend that the Olympics be postponed or moved due to the dangers of the virus spreading from the estimated number of people that will visit Brazil for the Olympics. But the then the WHO says it isn't a problem. Don't worry, be happy. Visit Brazil – after all, how much MONEY would this cost the Olympic organizers and sponsors and TV stations and on and on. MONEY is more important than health right? Even Warren Buffet says so.

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  • Reply Anusorn phuttarugsa December 12, 2019 at 9:42 pm

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