Let’s look at some Zika virus facts:
At the moment, there are no approved drugs or vaccines for the Zika infection, but scientists are working on a vaccine. Since the infection itself seems to be mild and short-lived, fluids and Tylenol are mostly recommended.
Testing to determine if you have had the virus is mainly confined to pregnant women and symptomatic travelers who have visited the areas where the virus has spread. At this time, testing is done at only a state or federal lab and getting results can take weeks.
3. How It Spreads
The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and through sex with an infected partner. It is important for pregnant women to know the travel history of their sexual partners.
Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to protect yourself from this virus. Use the time-tested methods of bug sprays and cover-ups, and eliminate any standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. You should check your window screens and keep the air conditioners on if possible because mosquitoes hate the cold.