Despite the fact that Zika infections occur among females and males of different ages, a report showed that women have more risks of getting Zika. This new report was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The report showed that of all the cases of confirmed Zika infections, 61% of those infected were women. On other viruses like dengue both women and men had the same chances of getting infected and the virus was distributed equally to women and men. In the case of Zika infections women are more likely to get infected.
The reasons why women are more likely to have Zika infection are not known. The ones that have the biggest risk of being infected is the women older than 20. The authors of the study suggested that the sexual transmission (male-to-female) can contribute to this.
In order to conduct this study, the researchers analyzed information from almost 30,000 women and men. They discovered that there were 800 cases per 100,000 people. Despite this, when they looked at the differences between women and men they discovered that there were 900 cases per 100,000 residents for women and only 570 cases per 100,000 for men. They were all aged 20 or more.
The risks of Zika infections are highest among young children too. People aged between 10 and 18 had one of the highest incidences more than 1000 per 100,000. Women older than 30 had the highest incidence levels (1256 cases per 100,000).
The study showed that women older 20 are the ones that the bigger risk of getting Zika. Children and young teens are vulnerable too and they have higher chances of getting Zika. The most affected area by Zika is Puerto Rico.
Researchers and doctors advised people to avoid that area and if they must go there they should protect themselves. They should avoid mosquito as much as possible and use different repellents in order to get rid of them. They protect themselves by trying to reduce the risk of getting Zika by sexual transmission.
People who when to areas where Zika is causing problems should go to the doctor if they start feeling sick. They have to go to the doctor at the first signs so that they can receive treatment.
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