There is no specific treatment for Zika virus infection. The symptoms of the infection may be treated – for example, your doctor or pharmacist may recommend taking acetaminophen for fever and headache, as well as rest and fluids to help you recover. Avoid using medications such as ASA (Aspirin®) and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen) until dengue has been ruled out. Dengue is an infection that causes similar symptoms and is also spread through mosquitos.
Since there is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika virus infection, it is important to keep from getting bitten by mosquitoes when you're travelling to areas affected by the Zika virus. The following suggestions can help you avoid mosquito bites:
- Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved, loose-fitting, tucked-in shirts with long pants and a hat.
- Wear shoes or boots, not sandals.
- Use mosquito nets over beds and cribs.
If you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, avoid travelling to affected areas. If you can't avoid travelling, talk to health care providers about the risk associated with Zika virus infection and birth defects. If you are pregnant and your partner has lived in or travelled to affected areas, talk to your health care provider. They may recommend steps to prevent getting the Zika virus through sex such as using a condom or refraining from sex while you are pregnant.
*All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®). The common name is the medical name for the medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication may have many brand names, but only one common name. This article lists medications by their common names. For information on a given medication, check our Drug Information database. For more information on brand names, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
All material copyright MediResource Inc. 1996 – 2017. Terms and conditions of use. The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Source: www.medbroadcast.com/condition/getcondition/Zika-Virus-Infection