Even if it isn’t currently making many news headlines, the Zika virus is still around. Some progress has been made in controlling its invasion of the US, but it is still a cause for concern. Cases and symptoms have been reported in every US state, although mosquito-borne Zika is most problematic in southern Florida and Puerto Rico. Several other states and communities are alert and watching cases and mosquito populations.
You need the latest on the Zika virus so you can be as prepared and protected as possible to keep mosquitoes at bay.
There are four ways in which Zika can be transmitted.
There is no evidence of the Zika virus being transmitted through breastfeeding, despite any unfounded rumors to the contrary.
As the frontline in the fight against Zika’s spread, Florida offers the latest news about the Zika virus by issuing almost daily briefs. Fortunately, confirmed cases in southern Florida are few and far between, although every precaution must still be taken. Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America and South America are popular travel destinations for Americans and thus Florida and other major entry points monitor the situation closely.
In addition, Florida has taken to spraying pesticides over large swaths of territory in a bid to quell mosquito swarms.
Many people infected with the Zika virus display no symptoms. As a result, they can aid its spread (as can happen with many other viruses, including influenza).
Symptoms usually include a mild febrile illness that causes high temperature, chills, sweats, shivering, and general weakness.
Zika is especially hazardous to pregnant women as it can be passed to their unborn children and result in congenital malformations.
It’s best not to put all your faith in aerial spraying of insecticides to keep Zika-carrying mosquitoes away. The insects can carry other problems like West Nile virus
Many people react poorly to pesticides and also to repellents applied to the skin. There are other important protective steps you can take that can avoid the health hazards of DEET-based repellents:
Before you go, check travel advisories about Zika. Sometimes it’s best not to travel at all - for your sake and for the sake of others on your return.
Above all, if you live in Florida or other areas of the deep south, stay up to date with the latest on the Zika virus and stay protected.Creative Commons Attribution: Permission is granted to repost this article in its entirety with credit to Prime Effects and a clickable link back to this page.