The World Health Organization has declared a “state of emergency” about the Zika virus, which is spreading “explosively” and is expected to infect up to four million people by the end of 2016.
Zika can cause devastating birth defects when pregnant women contract the virus, and it might also lead to a paralyzing neurological condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
If you’ve traveled to one of the heavily-affected countries (primarily in South America and the Caribbean — full list here), or are just worried, here are the ten symptoms you should watch for. And if you’re pregnant, you need to be especially cautious about all of these symptoms.
One of the primary symptoms of virus is pain in the eyes, joints, and muscles.
9. SKIN RASH
Zika-caused rashes are typically pretty severe. Get yourself to the doctor if you develop a new rash that looks like this.
Zika can cause sudden, unexplained headaches.
Heavy sweating without exertion is yet another symptom of the dreaded virus.
6. LOSS OF APPETITE
This symptom is usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
A sudden feeling of cold, especially accompanied by shivering, is a symptom of Zika.
If you feel warm, take your temperature. And if it measures 100.4 F or greater, you have a fever.
Pretty self-explanatory. If you suddenly experience a severe bout of vomiting, you might want to go to the doctor.
2. EYE REDNESS
In addition to eye pain, Zika can lead to red and watery eyes.
If you experience fatigue on its own, it’s probably just a result of your busy lifestyle or lack of sleep.
But if you find yourself exhausted and have some of the other symptoms on this list, you might want to get yourself checked out.