You may be hearing a lot of news about the Zika virus lately. The Zika virus is not a new mosquito-borne illness but has recently been connected to microcephaly in infants whose mother has the virus. Because of this potentially fatal side effect, Zika has been thrust into the limelight worldwide as scientists rush to figure out the relationship between Zika and a number of serious complications. As your local mosquito expert, we wanted to provide you some of the basics about Zika and how to keep your family protected.
Zika is not currently being carried and spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States. According to the CDC, 52 cases (as of 2/10/16) have been reported in the U.S., all acquired while traveling abroad. Experts are watching and waiting as they expect Zika will begin to spread in the United States as mosquito season begins in early spring.
What is Zika Virus?
The Zika virus is spread to humans from infected Aedes Aegypti & Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquitoes. Both of which are among the mosquitoes found in the Wilmington area. Mosquitoes become infected from biting humans who carry the Zika virus. If you have Zika, limit your exposure to mosquitoes to avoid spreading the disease any further locally.
Symptoms of Zika
Only about 20% of those infected with Zika will ever experience symptoms of Zika illness. Those symptoms can include rash, headache, conjunctivitis, joint pain, muscle pain and fever. These symptoms are usually mild and can last several days to a week. With no specific treatment or vaccine for Zika, managing symptoms are all one can really do. You should see your doctor if you think you have Zika to get tested and gather advice on the best management for your specific symptoms.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, keep an eye on the CDC’s Zika travel notice for the latest travel advice. The CDC is advising pregnant women to take extra precautions if traveling to regions experiencing Zika outbreaks. The link between microcephaly, a birth defect, and Zika virus in pregnant women is being investigated as the relationship is not fully understood yet.
With no treatment or vaccine for Zika, the best way to protect your family is to prevent exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito bites. Start in your own yard with traditional barrier spray by Mosquito Squad of Wilmington. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard and we’ll come back every 3 weeks to make sure they stay gone for the season. Call today 910-791-9800