Zika News and Update: 4 Ways To Protect Yourself, Singapore Confirms 56 Cases, And What Couples Should Know[VIDEO]By Sarah T., UniversityHerald Reporter
Singapore confirmed 56 cases of Zika, which rose from 41. Due to the alarming increase of Zika cases, people should learn how to avoid this virus, and couples should educate themselves about Zika.
On Monday, August 29, there are 15 more cases confirmed in Singapore. In the same day, the number of confirmed cases was 41, then soon, it rose to 56, according to the recent report of CNN.
There is no vaccine, nor drugs to treat Zika. The growing cases have become alarming. Last week, there are five new non travel-related cases reported.
There are four ways to protect yourself from Zika, according to Fox News. These include, repellent, invisible shields, clothing, and nets. The following stuffs also are also used by the military to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Since it is already tested, it is better to apply their practice at your home.
For couples, apart from protecting yourselves, there are things that you need to know about Zika. You wear long sleeves and pants to ensure no mosquitoes will touch your skin. But how sure are you've not gotten the virus?
In a recent report of CNN, there is a chance you wouldn't feel the bite of the Aedes aegypti that carries Zika virus. Since one out every five infected people has symptoms, it doesn't mean you and your partner are 100% safe.
What couples need to know?
Zika virus is a mosquito borne disease, which is known to occur in some parts of Africa and Asia since the 1950s.
Centers for Disease Control announced a first Zika case of a man who gave the virus to his female partner, and he did not know that he has a virus. Thus, it means it is not sure you'll get the virus through sexual intercourse.
Dr. John Brooks, a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control, said this case is very important as it will remind the public that even though "it might be less common than transmission from a person with active signs of Zika, it can still."
Zika is a major threat to pregnant women as this virus linked to devastating neurological birth defects that destroy developing brain cells in the fetus, thus leading to a condition called microcephaly, where baby's head is smaller than expected.
Due to the increasing numbers of Zika cases in some parts of the countries, The World Health Organization and the US-based Centers for Disease Control advised pregnant women to avoid traveling to Zika zone areas.