The symptoms can and maybe usually are relatively mild but they can be very bad as well. Maybe those cases are rare.
Brazil’s ministry of health linked two deaths and an unusual increase in the number of cases of microcephaly to Zika virus infection, according to a press release.
If confirmed, the recent deaths would be the first Zika virus-related deaths ever reported, the release said.
So, it has created serious illness with some persons.
Last October, I frequently hung around a large park at my college, the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. I didn’t think much of all the mosquitoes in the area — until I broke out in a rash that covered my entire body.
I was scared.
I told my dad, and soon found myself at a hospital, where they did multiple tests that confirmed I had contracted the Zika virus.
For the next week, I had severe muscle pain and a fever, two of the most common side effects of the infection caused by Aedes mosquito bites.
My whole body felt immobilized. I started having difficulty moving my hands — feeling like they were frozen. My eyes became irritated, too.
It was a terrible week. I couldn’t go out, exercise or do anything because the joint pain was so strong.
My pain was bad, but it was nothing compared to my father’s.
He was diagnosed a few days after me. His case was worse because it developed into a rare disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome, causing him to experience weakness in his legs and upper body.
He said he had pins-and-needles sensations in his fingers, toes, ankles and wrists for three months.
Cases like my dad’s worry me the most, as Zika has a different effect on each person. Some people might develop a rare syndrome like he did.