There has been a lot of discussion, hype and panic about the potential impact of the Zika virus. We at HCB Group haven’t seen a single case, but our nurses are prepared.
There are still many unknowns such as the exact incubation period and if it can be transmitted other than by a mosquito bite.
It is worth pointing out that there have only been 618 travel associated cases of Zika virus as of 1st June 2016 and the majority of people show no symptoms. However, it is worth noting that there are 9 basic symptoms that, under the appropriate circumstances, indicate infection:
- Rash beyond the typical mosquito bite.
- Headache lasting for 2 – 7 days
- Mild fever
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Intense lower back pain
- Temporary paralysis
We have provided links, one to the NHS website and one to the BBC Health website. Both provide clear and calm explanations of the Zika virus. If you do have concerns about a member of your staff please contact us and our nurses and doctors will tell you how to handle the situation.
It is worth pointing out though, this is not a pandemic, it is not even an epidemic, but just be aware.
BBC News – Zika outbreak: What you need to know
NHS Choices: Zika Virus