When it comes to the Zika virus, the scariest aspect of the disease are the things we still do not know. Since the virus was first discovered in the 1940s, researchers have been uncovering its devastating effects on the brains of developing children and fetuses. In recent years, the Zika virus has drastically expanded into the Americas, and now new studies are showing its potential neurological effects on adults. Below, we dive into what we now know about this mosquito-borne disease, and how to best protect yourself and your loved ones.
Zika’s Biggest Known Threats
Typically, Zika virus symptoms are fairly mild and resemble those of the common cold, so the infection can go unnoticed. Zika poses the biggest threat to pregnant woman, as it causes birth defects and pregnancy problems such as microcephaly, where an infant’s head is underdeveloped. Many Zika infected pregnancies have resulted in severe microcephaly where the skull has even partially collapsed, as well as damage to the back of the eyes, decreased brain tissue, limited joint function and muscle tone restriction. In adults, Zika can cause paralysis and muscle weakening of Guillain-Barre syndrome. Guillain-Barre syndrome temporarily attacks the peripheral nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, leaving some people reliant on respirators for breathing.
What We Are Discovering About Zika
Not only can Zika inflict neurological issues onto developing children, but the virus can also cause serious brain issues in adults. A recent study found that Zika infected adults experienced swelling of the brain and spinal cord, and a coating around their nerve fibers. The study found that the Zika virus attacks brain cells that are specifically vital to learning and memory. This can lead to serious, long-term neurological issues that scientists have compared to those experienced by people with Alzheimer’s disease.
How to Protect Yourself from Zika Virus
If you are living in an environment where there have been cases of Zika, be sure to regularly get tested and see your doctor if experiencing any symptoms. Once someone is infected with the Zika virus, they are likely to develop an immunity and be guarded from future Zika infections. Those with weak immune systems are especially at risk of its harsher effects, and should take extra precaution. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Zika virus is to ward away the disease carrying mosquitoes. NET effect roll-on mosquito repellent provides long-lasting protection from biting insects with 20% DEET. Proven to guard from biting mosquitoes, NET effect provides piece-of-mind at a time when the Zika virus could be anywhere. Our powerful formula deters mosquitos by affecting their ability to find their next target. NET effect is easy to apply with a unique roll-on applicator and citrus scent that is safe to use on children. Browse through our website and visit our online store to get your bottle of NET effect today.