What is Zika virus?*
Zika is a blood-borne virus, transmitted by mosquitos. There are also cases of sexually-transmitted Zika virus, and it is assumed that transfusion of infected blood will also transmit the virus.
What does Zika do?
While symptoms of initial infection are usually very mild, flu-like symptoms, studies have shown that Zika virus transmitted from the mother can result in a condition called microcephaly (smaller than normal brains/skulls) and other birth defects in newborns. There has also been a demonstrated correlation of Zika virus to increased reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system, in adults. It is unknown exactly how long the virus remains in the human body.
How is Zika treated?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus.
What areas are affected by Zika?
The current outbreak originated in Brazil in 2015, and has since spread to all other Central and South American and Carribean countries, as well as Hawaii. It is expected that as summer progresses the virus will spread to mosquitos in the Southern US from people who have travelled to affected countries and are subsequently bitten by mosquitos at home.
How can I avoid Zika?
The risk of transmission of Zika can be reduced by the use of commercial mosquito repellents (especially those containing DEET), and practicing safe sex with people infected with the Zika virus. To reduce the risk of birth defects, health professionals are recommending that women not become pregnant for at least six months after exposure to Zika.
What can Fans Care do?
Fans Care will run a fandom auction to raise funds to donate to specific charities who are combating the effects of Zika. The charities which will receive the funds are helping through education of locals, sanitation, assistance with mosquito reduction programs, provision of mosquito nets and other barriers, and research into treatment.
How does the fundraiser work?
There will be three posts made:
- An "Offer Auction Post" - fans offer fanworks (eg. one 1000-word fic) or merchandise to the highest bidder. Donations are made after the auction closes and the highest bidder is notified of their win.
- A "Commissions Post" - fans request fanworks or merchandise in exchange for a set donation amount. Donation is made by the requestor when someone agrees to fill their request.
- A "Buy Now Post" - fans offer fanworks or merchandise in exchange for a set donation amount. First person to claim makes a donation at the time of claim. Once proof of donation has been provided to the mod, the item is considered "sold". Failure to donate within 24 hours results in the next person getting the item.
What charities are supported?
The following charities will be supported by this campaign. Note that there are few specific campaigns for Zika but each of these charities is assisting in Zika-affected areas with prevention and relief efforts. If no specific campaign is listed, choose a general disaster relief fund if possible.
Americares - USA
UNICEF - (any country) Canada | USA | UK
PLAN International (any country - General Disaster relief fund) - Canada | USA
Save The Children - USA | UK
Red Cross (any country - General Disaster relief fund) - Canada | Brazil | US | Australia | UK
If you know of other charities please respond to this post and it will be considered for addition to the list.
How can I help?
You can help by promoting the community, donating merchandise or fanworks, or bidding on the items offered in the auction.
When is the auction?
The Fans Care Zika Fundraiser Auction will open on Saturday, July 2 at 12PM EST and close at 12PM EST on Saturday, July 9. All donations must be received by 12PM EST on Saturday, July 16 to be counted in the fundraiser total.