Did you know the World Health Organisation released an update on the Zika Virus in early June? There has been a reduction in the news about the Virus in the past few weeks but I came across this great info and thought it’s worthy of all Nurses knowing. As of 8 June 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus. Had you heard that the Zika Virus had been noted in Papua New Guinea in 2016 ; more info here>> Did you know there is now a Zika phone app for health care workers available for android and iPhones? You can access the app here>>
Here is some of the updated information.
‘After a comprehensive review of evidence, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Intense efforts are continuing to investigate the link between Zika virus and a range of neurological disorders, within a rigorous research framework.
‘Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus, mainly Aedes aegypti in tropical regions. Aedes mosquitoes usually bite during the day, peaking during early morning and late afternoon/evening. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Sexual transmission of Zika virus is also possible. Other modes of transmission such as blood transfusion are being investigated’
There is specific information available for those who are going to the Olympic Games in Rio. You can read more here>> and watch the video below
The Nurses for Nurses Network provides great information and Continuing Professional Development ( CPD ) on an array of nursing topics, including the Zika Virus in a range of easy learning ways on the latest information that Nurses need to know – remember the Nurses for Nurses Network was created by Australian Nurses for Nurses ! www.nursesfornurses.com.au