What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

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At Bozman Farms, keeping the master-planned community safe and happy is at the top of the priority list. The Zika virus has been in the headlines recently for its increasing threat to the Americas – specifically the states of Texas, Arizona and California. Concern has also been cast over the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with several athletes dropping out due to the potential threat of the Zika virus. So, what is the Zika virus and is it really this serious? Here’s what you need to know about the Zika virus to keep your family safe in Wylie, TX:

What is the Zika virus and how is it spread?

The virus is primarily spread through a mosquito, much like Dengue fever, or can be sexually transmitted. The illness causes little to mild symptoms and can last for a couple of days to a week.

Where is the virus located?

The virus was first identified in Africa in 1947 and has since been detected in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia and most recently in the Americas.

How do I know if I have the virus?

Symptoms are often mild or very minor for many people infected with the virus. To ensure you and your family know what to watch out for, the most common symptoms of Zika are:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint Paint
  • Conjunctivitis

It is important to note that while the virus has caused concern, illness typically lasts only a couple of days to a week with some people not even realizing they are infected. It is not common to be sick enough to visit the hospital, and death by Zika is extremely rare.

Who is at most risk?

 Pregnant women are at serious risk if they become infected with the virus. Zika is known to cause serious birth defects and fetal brain defects. If you believe you are infected and are pregnant, visit the doctor immediately.

How do I treat it?

Treatment for infected persons is simple: rest, drink fluids and take medicine that reduces fever and pain.

Stay safe and prepared by learning as much as you can about the Zika virus. To learn more about Wylie, TX and the master-planned community of Bozman Farms, visit our website today!

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