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May 11, 2016: What Zika Looks Like and Feels Like

Maggie Fox reports that a team of New York doctors who treated a Zika male patient said the symptoms are distinctive — and they want to alert doctors around the country to know what they look like so they know what to look for.

“Itching was not a major feature” for the patient, they wrote in their report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Dermatology.

“The patient also noted that his eyes appeared ‘bloodshot.’ As the eruption faded on the upper body, it became more apparent on the lower body,” they wrote.

“The virus appears to cause mild symptoms in most people, and even in those it makes sick, it’s usually over in about a week. There’s no treatment for Zika besides a drug such as Tylenol or acetaminophen to ease the pain. Ibuprofen and aspirin are not recommended because they could raise the risk of bleeding. One man in Puerto Rico died from bleeding after he had Zika.

“In February 2016, a 44-year-old man returned from a 6-day vacation in Puerto Rico. Within three days of his return, the patient experienced headache and lethargy,” Dr. Amit Garg and colleagues at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine wrote.

“On day three, the patient noted the eruption to be most pronounced on the knees and feet, and he described burning pain of the feet. He developed joint pains involving the wrists, knees, and ankles on day four.”

""A blood test did not detect Zika but a urine test did, Garg’s team said.

The symptoms match reports from areas hard hit by Zika, including Brazil and parts of Puerto Rico. Some patients have fever and some do not. About 90 percent of those who have any symptoms at all report a raised, red rash that is often itchy or uncomfortable.”

Source: NBC News

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