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How to prevent the spread of the Zika virus

In some parts of the world, where the virus is already spreading, pregnant women should be tested for the virus, including those in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

In the US, people who have traveled to Zika-affected areas or have recently traveled to those regions should be closely monitored.

In other parts of Latin America and Asia, the virus could spread to pregnant women and babies.

If pregnant women do not have symptoms, they should stay home and do not travel.

Zika virus symptoms Symptoms: Diagnosis The virus causes fever, rash, joint pain, muscle aches and joint swelling, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

It can also cause a rash on the face and throat and may cause the eyes and eyesight of some people to change.

The virus is contagious and spread through direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person.

Symptoms last for about two weeks, and the virus can be transmitted sexually.

Prevention measures include: Keeping the temperature between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit (3 and 5 degrees Celsius) for two weeks after the last case of Zika infection.

Using hand sanitizer at least every two days.

Having your blood tested regularly and having it tested before traveling.

Taking regular prenatal vitamins and getting regular checkups.

Treating dehydration.

Working out twice a day.

Not sharing your blood with someone else while traveling, or while traveling on business.

Avoiding close contact with other pregnant women.

If you are pregnant, contact your doctor immediately if you have any of the symptoms described above and if you experience any of these symptoms:A fever of more than 100 degrees (43.5 degrees Celsius).

Pain in the back or legs that worsens after being exposed to the virus.

A rash that spreads to your feet, arms or neck.

Soreness or redness around your eyes, lips or tongue.

Loss of feeling in the muscles of your neck.

A cough that lasts for several hours.

Diarrhea.

The rash may feel more severe than usual.

You may have mild to severe symptoms such as rash, fever, joint or muscle pain.

Headache.

Some people with Zika virus infection may experience a headache that worsENS if you travel to areas with high rates of Zika virus transmission.

People who have not had symptoms may experience some of these reactions, including: Headaches and dizziness.

Feeling lightheaded.

Pain or swelling in the joints, stomach or intestines.

Fever or vomiting.

Weakness or pain in your legs or feet.

Dizziness.

Symptoms of Zika include:Sudden weakness or weakness in one or both legs, especially the feet.

Headaches or dizziness for several days.

Tremors in the legs, feet or arms.

Joint pain that worsENDS.

Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

The virus can also spread to the brain, heart and lungs.

Symptoms can include:Vomiting.

Anorexia or excessive weight gain.

Seizures or rapid heart rate or blood pressure rise.

Difficulty concentrating.

Paralysis.

Blurred vision.

Panting or light sweating.

Blood in the urine that can feel like it is coming out of your ears.