On the Rise: Zika Virus Infections
At Diversey Care, we care about preventing infections, and protecting public health. We track infections globally so that we can always be one step ahead of a potential outbreak.
Over the last several weeks, the Zika virus has captured an increasing number of headlines worldwide. The Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has spread to 22 countries and territories of the Americas since local transmission was first reported in Brazil last May.
The Zika virus, which is primarily transmitted via Aedes mosquitoes, causes fever, rash, joint pain and headaches for two to seven days, and is also being linked to a condition called microcephaly. Microcephaly results in infants being born with smaller skulls, causing deformity and potential developmental delays, seizures, and hearing and vision loss. Women of child-bearing age in many countries are being advised to delay plans for pregnancy for at least six months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently started advising pregnant women to avoid travelling to countries with Zika virus infections.