By Wesley Ruto
Kenyans have been advised that preventive measures such as the use of a mosquito net, cutting of long grass and draining stagnant waters are put in place to curb the influx of a Zika virus outbreak within the country.
Infectious Disease Specialist at Mombasa Hospital Dr. Mohamed Ali Sood, advised Kenyans that although the spread of the virus is slim, the same preventive measures used to prevent malaria are enough to stop the spread of the Americas pandemic.
Similar to Malaria, the Zika virus is mosquito-borne and it is spread when the Aedes mosquito bites an infected person, it then passes the virus on to other people that it bites. He said unborn children are at risk because they can get infected with the dangerous virus through their mother’s amniotic fluid.
The Zika virus is found in tropical locales with large mosquito populations. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Southern Asia and Western Pacific.
According to the World Health Organisation, the virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys and was first identified in people in 1952 in Uganda and Tanzania.