In the last year, Zika has taken over the news. Every day there was a new story about Zika, yet since the first outbreak there has been so much change. For example, what was once considered a “link” between Zika and Microcephaly has now been confirmed with new links between Zika and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Guillain-Barre affects the muscles and has been cause by different critical infections. It causes the muscles to weaken and can become severe enough to affect a persons breathing or can cause temporary paralysis.
Zika is a virus spread to humans through mosquito bites. Primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquito, which are the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue & chikungunya viruses. These species are aggressive daytime feeders, along with their typical nighttime feeding, making them especially dangerous disease vectors.
The mosquitoes become infected from biting a person who is infected. If you are diagnosed with Zika, you should avoid exposure to mosquitoes for the first week to avoid infecting more mosquitoes. Zika can be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy and childbirth. According to the CDC it is also transmitted through blood transfusions and sexual contact, There is 1 instance in the United States where Zika was transmitted via laboratory exposure
Only about 1 in 5 people who are infected will show symptoms of Zika illness. Symptoms vary but can include rash, fever, joint pain, conjunctivitis (pink eye), muscle pain and headache. Lasting several days to a week, symptoms are usually mild.
There is no vaccination or specific treatments for Zika Virus. Treatment includes managing symptoms, getting plenty of rest, plenty of fluids and using over the counter acetaminophen (always check with your doctor before taking new medicines) to relieve symptoms. If you think you have Zika see your doctor to be tested.
Now that we know pregnant women with Zika can give birth to babies with microcephaly the CDC is recommending pregnant women take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites, especially if traveling to one of the countries that fall under the Zika travel notice. The current list includes Cape Verde, the Caribbean, Central America, Singapore, the Pacific Islands & South America.
In Florida we are at risk for Zika virus exposure. That’s why we want to help protect as many families as we can with our mosquito barrier treatment. By creating a barrier using the foliage surrounding your property, we can eliminate up to 85-90% and the treatment will remain effective for up to 21 days. In addition to the barrier treatment, we use a preventative measure called larvacide to eliminate eggs in standing water.
Larvicide is a pelletized product which our technicians apply to areas of standing water, such as small ponds, swamps, marshes and/or flooded areas. Treatment of these breeding habitats help reduce the adult mosquito population in nearby areas by preventing the mosquito larvae from becoming an adult mosquito.
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