The Zika Virus is still spreading across Central and South America and into Mexico. Most recently, it has made its way to the U.S., first by hitting the territory of Puerto Rico, and then to the contiguous states through Florida. Without a vaccine or course of treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),… Continue Reading ›

The Mosquito Repellent Guide: The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency due to its relation to birth defects. Dengue is also a concern in the Gulf Coast states of Florida and Texas as well as Hawaii for its role in increasing chronic kidney disease. The U.S. Virgin Islands,… Continue Reading ›

The New Concerns About the Zika Virus for Men A recent research study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was published that reported the effects of the Zika virus on male mice’s reproductive abilities. The results of the study found that the virus may produce a marked reduction in the sperm count of… Continue Reading ›

What Dangers Can the Zika Virus Present For Seniors We all know that Zika has an affect on pregnant women and men and women looking to get pregnant soon, but how does it affect other demographics like the senior citizen population. Should older adults be worried about Zika too? How Do I Get The Zika… Continue Reading ›

Introduction The Zika virus initially was thought to be a relatively harmless illness until a connection between Zika virus in pregnant women and child born with severe defects, microcephaly, and a notable rise in a somewhat rare neurological illness Gillian Barre syndrome became apparent. The first case of the Zika virus detected in humans was… Continue Reading ›

The Zika virus is transmitted to people in most cases by means of being bitten by the Aedes mosquito species, but there is evidence that it can also be transmitted perinatal, in utero, sexually and from asymptomatic blood donors or transfusion during an outbreak. The Aedes mosquito lives and breeds in standing fresh water, typically… Continue Reading ›