Currently there is no prevention for this virus causing disease. There are no anti-viral medications available although your own immune system is the best fighter for this virus. As is true of dengue and chigunkunya, this virus requires a comprehensive approach involving several areas of action, from health, to education, to the environment. Mosquito repellents can be used to avoid from getting bitten and wearing clothing that is covering your extremities is a big help. Eliminating mosquito-breeding sites is another key prevention measure. The mosquito bites in the day time and reduces its humming of the wings while it is approaching the target and it will often bite from beneath the arms. There are several ways of prevention:
|Mosquito control by either larval control and adult mosquito control.|
|Reduce mosquito bites, especially during daylight hours.|
If you have Zika, follow these steps to protect others from getting sick. During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people. To help prevent others from getting sick, avoid mosquito bites during the first week of illness.
Figure 1: Zika virus prevention through mosquito control and insect repellent