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#ZIKA Alert PH

Zika is from the Flaviviridae family of viruses which use humans and other mammalsas natural hosts.The virus takes its name from the tropical Zika Forest in Uganda where it was first discovered in the 1940s. The first documented human infections occurred in 2007 in the Federated States of Micronesia. By January 2016, the disease was occurring in twentyregions of the Americas as well as in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. In February 2016 the WHO declared it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Common symptoms of Zika are:
fever rash
muscle and joint pain
red eyes
headaches


Prevention :
Insect Repellent: Insect repellent is probably the most effective way of reducing the risk of mosquito bites or insect bites in general.
Clothing: One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes from biting is to simply cover the skin.
Keep Mosquitoes Out: It is important to keep all doors, portholes and windows closed.


Treatment :
get plenty of rest
drink plenty of fluids
treat any pain and/or fever

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The Crisis Action Team (CAT) est 1990 is now celebrating 25 years of service to seafarers and families during calamities providing Country Situation Reports so they are connected during such times.
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