Friday, 9 September 2016

Zika Virus: Another Emerging Threat to Nepal

Posted by Anup Baral September 09, 2016 :
Men and women returning from any area where the Zika virus is circulating should practise safe sex for at least six months to avoid the risk of spreading the disease, says the World Health Organization. The advice applies even if a person has no symptoms.It comes a few weeks after doctors discovered the virus in the sperm of an Italian man six months after he first had Zika symptoms. Zika is spread in bodily fluids. The main risk of catching the disease is from infected mosquitoes via bites. Previously, WHO had said men without symptoms only needed to use condoms or abstain from sex for eight weeks as a precaution against spreading Zika. According to experts, once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections. Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms or will only have mild ones – a fever, rash and muscle/joint aches. Zika in pregnancy is the major concern because the virus can damage the unborn child. Brazil has been the hardest-hit country in terms of Zika infections and there were some concerns about hosting the Olympics there for this reason. There have been no reports of confirmed cases of Zika virus among people who attended the Games, both during and since their return. According to the WHO, 11 countries have reported cases of sexually-transmitted Zika. More than 60 countries and territories have continuing Zika transmission from local mosquitoes. Public Health England said it was reviewing the WHO’s new advice and would change its own guidance if necessary. It said the risk to people in the UK remained very low.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.