How is Zika virus treated?

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Lourdes Health System
Administration
So far, there is no treatment for Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls this an epidemic on the same level as that of Ebola. Because of this, there’s a lot of money being poured into quick research on vaccines and treatment options. So far, none are commercially available.

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Rabiya Suleman, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Currently, doctors are only able to treat Zika virus symptoms. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus.
 
People should do the following if they have Zika virus:
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medicine such as Tylenol or acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.  
  • Avoid aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding. 
  • If they are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider before taking additional medication.  
  • Attempt prevention of mosquito bites for the first week of illness.  During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.
There is no specific treatment for a Zika virus infection. It's a lot like the flu or a cold. Treatment involves managing your symptoms until the illness goes away. 
No vaccine or medications are available to prevent or treat Zika infections. Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms:
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medicines such as acetaminophen to relieve fever and pain.
If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.

If you have Zika, avoid mosquito bites for the first week of your illness to avoid spreading the virus to other people. 
Khang N. Tran, MD
Internal Medicine
There is no vaccine or cure for Zika. Treat it as you would a cold or flu virus, with plenty of:acetaminophen (and/or ibuprofen if you’re not pregnant), fluids and rest.
Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
There is no specific treatment nor vaccine available for Zika virus. Rest, fluids, and acetaminophen will help symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided if dengue fever is a possibility.
RealAge
Administration
So far, there is no specific treatment for Zika virus. The goal of treatment is to relieve bothersome symptoms such as pain or fever while the virus runs its course. Doctors recommend rest and drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

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Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Zika virus is a tropical disease that is spread by Aedes species of mosquitoes. Until 2015, the virus was limited to small outbreaks in regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mosquitoes can pick up the virus by biting an ...

n infected person, and then transmit it to someone else they bite later. The virus doesn’t generally spread from person to person directly, though sexual transmission is possible.
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