Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Zika Virus: Five precautions that can save your life

The deadlier Zika virus is spread by day time mosquitoes, more commonly known Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus. Even though these daytime mosquitoes are the vector of this disease, it is advised to stay away from mosquitoes in night-time too.

As recently, three persons in India are diagnosed of Zika virus, it is predicted by WHO that the virus has the possibility to spread in rest of India as well. The virus is passed from one human being to another through reproduction or through mosquitoes.

Please note, that Zika virus has no existing vaccines and available treatments in the world, thereby causing the virus, one of the deadliest threat to humankind. However, adopting certain precautions would ensure that you are not affected from this virus. The following precautions if taken have high possibility from keeping you isolated from the virus:

Firstly, remove sources of fresh standing water, especially if you follow the routine of string water in your house, try to use the water within twenty-four hours and cover the water with a lid, steps needed to detach the water from contacting air.

Secondly, live in closed spaces, like air-conditioned rooms or rooms with proper doors and window filters and screens

Thirdly, wear protective clothes, preferably long sleeve shirts, which cover your bodies and expose very less amount of skin, especially during daytime. When outdoors, wear long-sleeved pants and tuck your pants in your socks.

Fourthly, use mosquito nets when sleeping, use mosquitoes repellent smoke or gas, use mosquito repellent coils and refills if necessary, it is advised to keep anti-mosquitoes lights in your house to be kept switched on, at all times during the day, at least. Apply mosquito repellent creams and seek advice from the doctor as to which cream to be applied at the time of pregnancy.

Fifthly, use Permethrin Spray on your clothes as per the instructions on the bottle and spray eucalyptus oil in your house as per the instructions in the bottle. Please refrain from spraying permethrin on your body.


Get yourself and your family tested periodically from a premier lab like Dr Lalchandani Labs and stay safe from this deadly virus.


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