There are times when seniors suffer from reduced immune systems that can compromise their overall health. Although some of the threats to seniors' well-being may be unfounded, the Zika virus may prove to be a legitimate source of concern.
According to Interim Healthcare, the World Health Organization reported the first outbreak of the Zika virus in 2007. Since then, this mosquito-transmitted virus has been mostly contained to the eastern hemisphere until recently.
Symptoms typically associated with the Zika virus are generally not incredibly risky for healthy adults. However, as seniors' immune systems are often not as strong as they were when they were younger, they may not be able to readily fight off the infection caused from the disease.
If you suspect you've been exposed to the Zika virus, you should seek medical assistance immediately. Some symptoms include:
- Skin Rashes
Among the most severe risks to those with weakened immune systems is the development of "Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a [post-infection complication that can lead to temporary paralysis in adults," according to AARP.
Although the disease is projected to spread into the United States in the coming years, seniors who are vigilant about their surroundings and any strange symptoms they may be experiencing are at the highest advantage for avoiding any potential problems.
Because Florida is known to have mosquitoes throughout the year, it's best to take preventative measures to protect yourself in the event the virus finds its way into our region.
Here are some simple ways you can help protect yourself from the Zika virus if you'll be outdoors and potentially exposed to mosquitoes:
- Cover Your Skin
Mosquitoes particularly like to come out around the evening hours. If you'll be outside when the heat of the day starts diminishing, be sure to cover your skin with pants and long-sleeved shirts. Light-colored clothing is said to have the greatest effect in terms of minimizing contact with mosquitoes.
- Use Insect Repellent
Insect repellent is a must-have item in Florida with or without the threat of a specific disease. Bug spray and citronella candles will help keep the pests at bay.
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