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The ZIKA Concern

Aug 5, 2016, 10:23 AM

The Zika virus has been noted as a concern to all people, especially people in Africa and Asia, although it has recently become prevalent in the Western Hemisphere where an outbreak occurred in Brazil.

The Gambia though is safe, as there has not been any case of Zika virus in the country, according to the country’s health promotion director.

The health department has also been vigilant and “has already leveled the ground in case of any unexpected case,” the health director said in a recent report concerning the Zika virus.

He actually called on all and sundry to take all necessary measures against Zika and other viral illnesses.

The concern raised as regards preventive and cautionary measures should be heeded and observed by all in this country, to always be on the safe side.

The recent outbreak of Zika started in May in Brazil, South America, but has spread to other areas such as North America with a recently reported case in the US.

So it is essential to note that diseases have no boundary as long as human beings continue to move from one place or country to another.

What really can be prevented from bringing about the spread of diseases is unhealthy environment, which serves as a breeding ground for parasites like mosquitoes and other pathogens, as well as lifestyle relating to substance abuse and promiscuity.

These preventive measures, we must add, are not a panacea to the spread or contracting of the disease, but as much as they are observed the incidence of widespread viral diseases such as ZIKA can be substantively curtailed in any society or nation.

However, as health experts say, where an infection has occurred there could still be a way out, if prompt and regular body checks are done.

In the case of the ZIKA virus, it is said that the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after   being bitten by an infected mosquito.

ZIKA is a disease that spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. It can also be transformed through sex by an infected person.

“Although it was discovered at the ZIKA forest in Uganda in 1947 and is common in Africa and Asia, it did not begin spreading widely in the Western Hemisphere till last May, when an outbreak occurred in Brazil.”

So, as advised by our health directors, we must always take necessary precautions to keep illnesses such as Zika away from our territory.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
Mahatma Gandhi