Zika Virus and Male fertility
A fertility clinic in Puerto Rico is now working with the researchers at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine the effects of Zika virus on human fertility. They are trying to check if Zika infected men have lower sperm counts or have sperms that do not work that well after the infection.
The study started last month and only few men have enrolled yet. Researchers are planning to assess these men at least for 6 months because men takes about 90 days to produce sperm.
The primary reason they are worried is because the tests showed that Zika had done severe damage in male mice. This was documented in three different studies carried out in recent months.
Zika Virus and Miscarriage
The results of a recently conducted study show that Zika virus can lead to risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy.
A test was conducted by injecting Zika virus directly into the pregnant mice’s reproductive tract, which was similar to human’s first trimster. The chances of miscarriage had increased considerably after the Zika virus infection. The tests revealed that 29 to 44% of pregnancies were lost after the zika infection.
An improved result was seen when the researchers infected the mice in the equivalent of the late second trimester. Many fewer miscarriages had taken place during this second stage. This suggested that vulnerability to Zika in pregnancy is less in the later stages.
Zika Virus Symptoms
Reports have shown that many people may not show any symptoms or show very mild symptoms after getting affected by Zika virus. The most common symptoms of Zika are:
- Rash / Itching
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Red eyes / Conjunctivitis
Zika Virus Prevention and Cure
Researchers say that currently there is no cure for Zika Virus and the only way to out is to protect yourself from the mosquito bites. The CDC has recommend the use of condoms since the virus can also be transmitted sexually.
Choose your protection:
It should to be noted that this disease could spread on to new countries because the mosquito species transmitting the Zika Virus can be found all over the world.