The Zika Prevention Handbook: Everything You Need To Know To Stay Safe

The Zika Prevention Handbook: Everything You Need To Know To Stay Safe


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As the Zika virus continues to spread throughout North America, people need answers. What are the origins of this virus? How does it spread? Should we be concerned? How can we stop the spread of infected mosquitos? With the increasing prevalence of Zika, concrete answers are needed now more than ever - The Zika Prevention Handbook serves as the best reference for readers to stay informed about side-effects and symptoms, and to minimize your chance of contracting the virus.

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne infection that is estimated to have originated in Africa in the mid 1940’s. In the last several years, the Zika virus has infected thousands of people around the world and has spread to over 60 countries. As of August 2016, Zika-infected mosquitoes have found a new home, the United States. The Zika virus has been reported in all 50 U.S. states, in addition to hundreds of reported cases throughout Mexico and Canada.

With the assistance of infectious disease expert, Laura D. Kramer, PhD, author Alexander Webb has compiled the leading research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Whether you’re an expectant mother worried about microcephaly (a side effect of Zika that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads), planning a vacation to a tropical area, or living in an area where these contagious mosquitoes reside, this book is guaranteed to answer all your questions and ease your fears. Readers will learn about Zika’s origins, transmission of the infection, leading prevention techniques, medical testing, symptoms and diagnosis, and much more.

Do yourself a favor and arm yourself with the life-saving knowledge contained in The Zika Prevention Handbook

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510722200
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alexander Webb is the founder of Take Risks Be Happy, an online magazine for creatives, entrepreneurs, and travelers. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Bracken Bower Prize and was a contributing writer for National Geographic’s The Civil War: A Traveler’s Guide. His is the co-author of Shock Markets, published by the Financial Times Press, and released in Chinese translation in 2015. He currently lives in San Jose, California.

Laura D Kramer, PhD, FASTMH (Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene), has been studying the ecology, epidemiology and evolution of mosquito-borne viruses for over 40 years. She is currently Director of the Arbovirus Laboratories of the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health and Professor of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany. Her lab conducts surveillance for and research on vector-borne viruses in New York State. Dr. Kramer also is a virology moderator for the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED-mail). She currently lives in Slingerlands, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword Laura D. Kramer xiii

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 About Zika 1

What is Zika? 1

History of Zika 2

Reported Cases 3

Worldwide 3


Expected Range of Spread 5

Zika FAQ 6

What Is Being Done about the Zika Epidemic? 10

Vaccines 10

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes 10

CDC Actions 11

Health Emergency in Puerto Rico 12

Zika: Epidemic vs. Endemic 13

Chapter 2 Where Is It? 17

Travel Advisories 17

Precautionary Measures While Traveling 18

Brazil 20

Overview 20

US Embassy Contact Information 25

Mexico 25

Overview 25

US Embassy Contact information 30

Puerto Rico 31

Overview 31

Puerto Rico Department of Health Contact Information 34

Florida 35

Overview 35

Florida Department of Health Contact Information 37

Venezuela 38

Safety in a Precarious Time 38

US Embassy Contact Information 40

What to Do After Traveling to a Location with Zika 40

What to Do If You Live Somewhere with Zika 41

What are Other Countries Doing to Help? 42

Chapter 3 Transmission 45

Overview 45

Mosquitoes 46

Vertical Transmission (Mother to Child) 47

Sexual Intercourse 48

Exposure 50

Blood Transfusions 51

Breast milk 53

Chapter 4 Prevention 54

Mosquito Protection 54

Zika and Children 55

Travel Measures 56

Getting Healthcare Abroad 57

Food Safety 59

Cruise Ships 63

Getting Sick After Travel 66

Adventure Travel 68

Sexual Safety 71

Male Condoms 72

Legislation 75

Chapter 5 Getting Zika 77

Signs and Symptoms 77

Treating the Initial Symptoms of Zika 78

Is It Dengue? 79

Testing 81

Types of Tests 82

Diagnosis 85

Treatment 87

Chapter 6 Pregnancy and Birth Control 88

Risk of Exposure 88

Precautionary Measures 89

Preventing the Sexual Transmission of Zika 90

Birth Control: Overview 91

Reversible Birth Control Methods: An Overview 92

Permanent Birth Control Methods: An Overview 96

Birth Control in Depth: The Pill 98

Birth Control in Depth: Male Condoms 101

Birth Control in Depth: The Patch 104

Birth Control in Depth: Emergency Contraception 107

Birth Control in Depth: Female Sterilization 110

Birth Control in Depth: Male Sterilization 112

Pregnancy and Exposure to a Zika-Prone Location 114

Chapter 7 Microcephaly 118

Overview and Risk from Zika 118

What is Microcephaly? 118

After the Baby Is Born 121

Treatments 122

Ending a Pregnancy 123

Chapter 8 Guillain-Barré Syndrome 124

Overview and Correlation with Zika 124

What Is Guillain-Barré Syndrome? 125

What causes Guillain-Barré Syndrome? 126

How Is Guillain-Barré Syndrome Diagnosed? 127

How Is Guillain-Barré Syndrome Treated? 128

What Is the Long-Term Outlook for Those with Guillain-Barré Syndrome? 130

What Research is Being Done? 131

Chapter 9 Zika's Effect on the World 132

Zika's Effects on Politics 132

Religion, Birth Control, and Zika 134

Timeline of Important Events 135

Chapter 10 How You Can Help 138

Overview 138

Organizing in Your Area 138

Call Your Legislator 140

Chapter 11 Additional Resources 142

Health Organizations 142

Vector Control Organizations 143

State Vector Control Associations 144

Find Your Local Vector Control Contact 145

Podcasts 145

Documentaries 145

Events 146

About the Author 147

References 148

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