Emergencies

Zika virus quiz

1 What can you do to you protect yourself from Zika virus?
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While mosquitoes are the primary vectors, a person infected with Zika virus can also transmit the virus to another person through unprotected sex.

2 When are mosquitoes most active?

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4 Can women transmit Zika virus to their fetuses during pregnancy or childbirth?

Transmission of Zika virus from pregnant women to their fetuses has been documented. Zika virus infection close to term could potentially be transmitted during both pregnancy and at childbirth.

5 Which of the below can cause paralysis?

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare condition in which a person’s immune system attacks his or her nerves. People of all ages can be affected, but it is more common in adult men. Most people recover fully from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome. In 20%-25% of people with the condition, the chest muscles are affected, making it hard to breathe. Severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome are rare, but can result in paralysis.

6 Does Zika virus cause microcephaly?

Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of congenital brain abnormalities, including microcephaly.

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Video

Video Q&A - Zika virus prevention through mosquito control

Dr Raman Velayudhan provides more information on preventing Zika virus disease.