Symptoms of Zika virus are usually very mild. Infected people would not know they have the virus unless they develop symptoms such as fever, headache, rash and joint pain.
Zika is potentially harmful to pregnant woman as the mother can pass on the virus to the baby. The baby would risk getting Microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s brain is not properly developed during pregnancy and/or stopped growing after birth.
There is no vaccine to prevent or treat Zika infections. Steps are taken to relieve the symptoms. It is always advisable to seek professional medical attention.
The Aedes mosquito is the species responsible for carrying and spreading both the Zika and dengue virus in Singapore.
It is a vicious cycle of how Zika spreads as humans are the carrier for the virus as well. It takes an infected mosquito to spread yet it also takes an infected human to infect another Aedes mosquito when bitten.
The best way to break out of the Zika cycle is to eliminate and stop the breeding of mosquitoes.
Singapore’s first locally transmitted Zika virus case was reported in the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive area. There are now more than 200 cases to date.