The Zika Virus
By Kelly Kucsan
There is a public health alert going around for the Zika Virus. The Zika Virus is a disease that is spread through mosquito bites. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms of the virus include a fever, rash, red eyes, and joint pain. There is a possibility that the Zika virus infection can cause subsequent birth defects in pregnant women. There is not a vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Instead, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and includes rest, rehydration, and medications for fever and pain.
Recently, two female residents in Pennsylvania have been diagnosed with the virus. A student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem has tested positive for the virus. Pennsylvania Department of Health officials confirmed that the student contracted the virus while traveling abroad over winter break. University officials say that the student has recovered and is feeling well.