6 signs of Zika that go viral


2. Mild fever

Unlike an influenza virus which can raise your temperature to dangerous levels, the Zika virus comes with a « moderate fever » of 38.5 degrees Celsius (101.3 degrees Fahrenheit) according to the World Health Organization. health (WHO). The average « normal » body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, although it can vary slightly from person to person.

Mild fever often goes unnoticed or the symptoms can be misdiagnosed as dengue fever, another virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Unlike Zika, the Dengue virus can be fatal in adults in some cases (especially in children).


3. Rash

Rashes can be caused by a variety of conditions (including allergic reactions or an autoimmune disease). However, rash (a generalized redness of the skin) is also common with Zika virus according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Research shows that the Zika-related rash is not threatening and will usually go away on its own. If a rash persists after other symptoms have gone away, it’s probably best to see a doctor before trying to treat it with topical creams or other medications.


4. Muscle or joint pain

Zika can cause joint and muscle pain that can slow you down and make you feel generally unwell, according to the Pan American Health Organization. While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, there are a few precautions you should take.

The CDC warns that you should not take ibuprofen pain relievers and other anti-inflammatory drugs as you normally would when you experience muscle or joint discomfort. Instead, the CDC suggests using medications made with acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol). If you really have dengue fever and not the Zika virus, ibuprofen can cause bleeding.

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