The Zika Virus has been front and center in the news of late, and is caused by infected mosquito bites. The prevalent locations for this current outbreak of the virus are currently in Central America and parts of South America, although there have been some confirmed cases in the U.S. (from returning travelers) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is also some risk that infected travelers could spread the virus to others through domestic mosquito bites.
While the virus has some unpleasant symptoms, the CDC assures these symptoms are usually mild and last for a week or less. Unfortunately, there is no cure or vaccine against the Zika Virus, so precaution is a high priority when traveling, particularly if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive. Here are six health signs of the Zika virus that could warrant a trip to your doctor…
1. Redness of the Eyes
There are several ways you can end up with redness of the eyes, including just being plain old tired. However, conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye) is another possible effect of the Zika Virus, which can also be accompanied by pain behind your eyes.
Pink eye is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the medical term for the outer layer of your eye and the inside of your eyelids). Pink eye can look very serious, but like the Zika virus, will usually clear up on its own within a fairly short time period.