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Are you aware of Zika virus?

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

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There are concerns that pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus can transmit the disease to their unborn babies, with potentially serious consequences. Reports from several countries, most notably Brazil, demonstrate an increase in severe foetal birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes in babies whose mothers were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.

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Symptoms of Zika virus infection

 

  • low-grade fever (between 37.8°C and 38.5°C)

  • arthralgia, notably of small joints of hands and feet, with possible swollen joints

  • myalgia

  • headache, retro-ocular headaches

  • conjunctivitis

  • cutaneous maculopapular rash

  • post-infection asthenia which seems to be frequent.

  • More rarely observed symptoms include digestive problems (abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation), mucous membrane ulcerations (aphthae), and pruritus.

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