ZIKA VIRUS MOSQUITO CONTROL – HISTORY AND WARNINGS
Zika Virus Mosquito Control has been a much talked about news story the last several months. Anyone that has listened to the news has heard reports of mosquitoes infecting people with the Zika virus throughout Brazil & the Caribbean Islands. At the time these reports prompted The United State Center for Disease Control to recommend not traveling to high-risk countries for those who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant in the next two years. However, there have been numerous Zika Virus infections contracted by U.S travelers to infected areas.
ZIKA VIRUS CARRYING MOSQUITOES NOW IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Now, for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control has warned people not to travel to an America City. As of August 3, 2016, the CDC issued an unprecedented warning, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami. This week, 12 additional people in the area were found to have been infected with Zika virus after being bitten by local mosquitoes, bringing the total to 16 in just the last two weeks.
ZIKA VIRUS SYMPTOMS, HEALTH CONCERNS
The Zika Virus is spread by only one known mosquito, The Aedes Aegypti. The symptoms of the Zika Virus are fevers, joint pain,
headaches & rashes. For pregnant women or women who are thinking of becoming pregnant, the greater concerns are birth defects including Microcephaly. Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected and the brain may also be smaller.
HOW DOES THE ZIKA VIRUS SPREAD?
Only one in five people that carry the virus may show symptoms. Even if a person doesn’t show symptoms of the virus, they can still be a carrier. There two known ways the Zika virus is transmitted.
- When a Zika infected person is bitten by a mosquito and that mosquito bites another person the infected blood can be passed to the newly bitten person
- Unprotected sex with a carrier of the Zika virus can transmit the disease. Part of the CDC warning is to use protection during sex
ZIKA VIRUS MOSQUITO CONTROL AND OTHER MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES
Our challenge to fight mosquitoes is a public health issue. The Florida Department of Health list these common best practices to help reduce mosquito populations at your home or business
- Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying
- Cover your skin with clothing
- Be particularly cautious outdoors at Dusk & Dawn
- Use mosquito repellent preferably with DEET
- Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out
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While these techniques have all contributed to the decline of diseases transmitted by infected mosquitoes, there is still more to do. Our mosquito control systems can help reduce the impact of mosquitoes and other biting pests at your home or business. For more about our mosquito control systems to help fight the Zika Virus complete our online request form or for the fastest response call us today.