How to protect yourself from the Zika virus
A recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE found that more than half of the cases in Brazil had Zika symptoms.
This was more than double the rate of cases in the United States.
This is a particularly bad sign for the people living in the Rio Grande Valley, which includes the state of São Paulo, where Zika is most concentrated.
“There’s a real risk that people will be more susceptible to this virus,” says Jochen Reiter, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Infection and Immunity.
“The more that people are exposed, the more likely they are to get the virus.”
If you live in the area, you should: Don’t travel outside the metropolitan area or in the countryside If you have an infected child, seek immediate medical attention.
The virus is spread through close contact, so people should isolate themselves and avoid direct contact with the person who has the infection.
People in the metropolitan region should avoid contact with people who are pregnant, or have had sex with someone who has Zika.
If you are a new Zika patient, avoid traveling outside of the metropolitan areas.
If in doubt, stay home.
Keep your temperature at a healthy level, and don’t eat, drink, or use any medications if you have symptoms of Zika, including fever and joint pain.
If symptoms start suddenly, or worsen, you can contact your doctor immediately.
The CDC recommends that you seek medical care immediately if you or a family member has a fever, a rash, joint pain, or rash.
For more information about the virus, visit the CDC’s website.