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The Truth About Zika Virus

June 13, 2017

Last year the state of Florida had over 1,400 cases of the Zika virus. About 1,100 of those cases were travel-related cases in which the individual caught the disease while traveling to Latin America or the Caribbean. So far, this year there have been fifty-four cases of the Zika Virus. Only four of the cases happened locally, while fifty cases were due to traveling. The Treasure Coast has recently discovered their first case in Indian River County.

The Aedes aegypti species is the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. These mosquitoes can be found in tropical and subtropical climates.

The virus is passed through the blood stream, meaning that a person can spread the virus by getting bit by another mosquito within the first week of infection or through unprotected sexual contact.  Only one in five of the people who become infected will actually show symptoms. The symptoms can be very mild for those who show and are very similar to the flu. Known symptoms can include joint pain, rash, fever, and body aches. Research shows that there may be effects from this virus that have not been discovered yet. There is still no treatment or cure for the Zika virus.

The virus will remain in the blood stream for about a week, but there is no definitive answer for how long the Zika virus will remain in your system. Over the past year, there has been little development on the understanding of this virus. However, the CDC is now providing Zika detecting tests for the state of Florida. This will allow the state to check the residents for the virus, especially pregnant women.

The biggest concern with the Zika virus is the effects it has on pregnant women. The big threat comes from the serious birth defects it can cause when transmitted, including microcephaly.

So how can you protect yourself and your home from the Zika virus? The best way to protect yourself is to avoid mosquito bites. When you’re out and about you can avoid mosquito bites by using repellent. The repellent should contain DEET, picaridin, or IR3535. You can also wear long clothing that covers the arms and legs. At home, it is best to remove any containers that are holding standing water where the mosquitoes might breed. If it is difficult to remove the containers, you can always empty or drain them consistently. You should also use screens on windows and doors and if there are any holes you should repair them immediately.

South Florida is coming out of a drought and we are to expect a lot of rain very soon. There will be a large outbreak of mosquitoes due to the large amounts of rain. Now is the best time to start preventative treatments to keep the mosquitoes away and ensure your safety. To start your mosquito protection, call Nozzle Nolen today to hear about our Mosquito Control Program to eliminate mosquitoes in and around your home!

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