While summers are made for outdoor fun, including social gatherings and tons of time spent at pools and the beach, parents must often take precautionary measures to assure that their children are never affected by any summertime afflictions. These typically include sunburn, heatstroke, and, in some cases, viruses. This year in particular, parents are on high alert for any news concerning the Zika virus.
The Zika virus, first identified in Uganda in 1947, is causing some recent concern; because it is spreading beyond Africa to regions such as Mexico, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. With this in mind, the virus is causing a decline in summer vacations to these areas; but those who don’t want the Zika virus to ruin their vacation can take appropriate measures to prevent catching it.
What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus
Dr. Adam Jarrett, MD, MS, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Holy Name Medical Center sat down for a segment of One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the Zika virus and what families need to know about how to protect themselves.
“The virus in and of itself is a self-limited virus,” Jarrett told Adubato, meaning the virus will typically go away in one to two weeks and the likelihood of significant complications is very low.
Though the Zika virus usually only needs over-the-counter medication to treat, it is a concern for pregnant women; in particular, it may cause possible congenital malformation of the baby.
To hear what Jarrett has to say about the Zika virus and how to help prevent it, don’t miss this edition of One-on-One with Steve Adubato.
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