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Independent Pharmacies and the Zika Virus

The Zika virus is real, it is rapidly becoming a HUGE health concern worldwide. It is said to have come to infect Brazil by way of the 2014 World Cup, where fans from across the globe ascended on tiny communities throughout brazil.

The Zika virus is real, it is rapidly becoming a HUGE health concern worldwide. It is said to have come to infect Brazil by way of the 2014 World Cup, where fans from across the globe ascended on tiny communities throughout Brazil. Fast forward 1.5 years and you have a rapidly spreading epidemic that is to this date, uncontrollable. In the United States there were 35 Laboratory confirmed cases on the virus from Jan. 1st to Feb. 3rd of this year alone. In Columbia, the government recently said they have 31,555 confirmed cases and of those, 5,013 are pregnant women. What is not know is, how many cases will lead to Microcephaly. Finally the world is starting to educate people on the virus. So, how can an Independent Pharmacy educate people here in the US? Start with the facts, be willing to educate yourself and in turn, you can educate your clients. We are still in the Discovery phase of the Zika virus and the link to Microcephaly. Here are some known facts:
• Of the 35 confirmed in the USA, none of them were contracted locally.
• The CDC estimates the 35 are just 20% of the affected population.
• That means hundreds of people in the USA have it and don’t know it.
• Only 1 in 5 people effected by the virus become ill.
• The virus effects everyone differently.
• Symptoms include: Fever, Rash, Joint Pain, Headache, Muscle Pain
• These number will change, and not is a good way.
• We have no known cure for the virus.
• The CDC has this as an Emergency Level 1, which is the highest alert level.
• Mosquitos carry the virus and effect most people they bite.
• The 1st week you have the virus it can be passed through your blood to mosquitos and possibly humans.
• The Obama Administration just asked Congress for 1.8 Billion to combat the disease.
So remember, be aware of this building epidemic. Because we as Independent Pharmacies care about our communities, and need to educate people about this growing issue.

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