zika
Updated: 3/1/2020
zika

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  • I'm so excited for our hike in the amazon forest!
  • I know, isn't Brazil great?
  • Something is biting me!
  • You don't look too good, lets go to the doctor!
  • Zika virus??? What is that?
  • It seems like you got a bite from an Aedes mosquito that was infected with the zika virus.
  • We were going for a hike in the forest and out of no where a mosquito bit me. For the past few days I have had a fever, joint pain and a rash where the bite was. What happened?
  • History: First identified in Zika forest, Uganda, 1947 in the Rhesus monkey. identified in human in 1968, Nigeria.outbreaks in Africa, North and South America, and Asia. Total of 86 countries.
  • zika virus
  • So what is happening to my cells? I am also pregnant is this going to affect my baby?
  • The virus mainly targets cells in the skin, blood, brain, placenta and retina. It enters the cell through a process called endocytosis (takes cell membrane and forms a vesicle) When the virus infects cells, pieces of ribonucleic acid (RNA) accumulate in the cell. The virus is able to enter cells due to a special protein on the envelope that reacts with proteins on human cells. Then the virus uses organelles like the Endoplasmic Reticulum and Golgi Apparatus to reproduce. Unfortunately, this virus puts a fetus at risk. It can cause miscarriage and pregnancy complications such as microcephaly (a condition in babies that causes brain tissue and an abnormally small head.) But don't worry, we will be monitoring you closely and we will tell you if anything change.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, OLE, or IR3535. Try to cover exposed skin and stay in screened or air conditioned rooms. Unfortunately there is no cure for the virus however, we can give you fluids and medication to help with some of the symptoms.
  • what could we have done to prevent this?
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