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What Is The Zika Virus?

February 5, 2016

The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that has recently seen outbreaks in South and Central America and is spreading north. There have already been a few reported cases in Florida, Texas, New York, and New Jersey; seven cases total in the U.S., with 3 of those cases in Florida. The gulf coast has the highest risk of transmission as the virus is spreading north from Central America. The Zika Virus is a growing pandemic, so it is best to take the proper precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Is the Zika virus dangerous?

There rarely has been any reports of death caused by the virus. Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, and skin rashes. People who have contracted the virus experience a brief flu-like illness known to last 2-7 days. Though it is worth noting that 80% of people with the virus never actually experience any symptoms.

Although the virus poses no real danger to adults, the virus is known to cause a birth defect during pregnancy known as microcephaly. Microcephaly causes the fetus in a pregnant woman to develop an undersized head and brain. Right now, there are no known vaccines for the Zika virus. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel alerts to everyone traveling to the affected areas. The White House has also emphasized the need to research the virus and find a vaccine.

What’s the best way to prevent contracting the virus?

Since the virus is carried by mosquitoes, standard mosquito abatement practices apply:

  • Eliminate ALL standing water in and around your yard because mosquitoes breed in standing water. The more standing water around your home, the more mosquitoes you will see. Flower pots and basins, tires in your yard, buckets on your driveway, and even bromeliads can all collect water that the mosquitoes will gladly breed in.

  • Avoid peak hours. Limit your time outdoors to the mornings and afternoons. Peak mosquito hours are from dusk ‘til dawn. Those are the times that the mosquitoes are the most active.

  • Wear protective clothing and use repellants. If you are planning on being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, it’s best to protect yourself. Wear long sleeves and long pants. Also use a mosquito repellent, preferably one that contains DEET.

  • Get mosquito abatement services from a professional pest control like the pest experts here at Nozzle Nolen.

Our pest professionals will provide you with an ongoing mosquito abatement service that will treat the mosquito resting areas of shrubs, bushes, and trees, any nearby pond, and take an Integrated Pest Management approach to getting rid of problem areas conducive to mosquito breeding. Get the facts about Zika and get protection by partnering up with Nozzle Nolen.


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