More and more areas around the world are continuing to report cases of the Zika virus. Travel notices have been issued for people traveling to destinations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Pacific Islands. There are limited outbreaks in parts of Texas and Florida, as well. Because the mosquitoes that carry this virus are found in a large area of the tropics, even more outbreaks are likely to occur. Read on to learn more about the Zika virus and how to avoid it.
What is the Zika Virus?
Zika is a virus transmitted by mosquito bites. Currently, there’s no vaccine or medication to treat the virus, but there are ways to help prevent it. Those who contract the virus through a bite or by having sex with a virus carrier may not show symptoms; however, there are reports of mild fever, rash, red eyes, and joint pain that often last a few days to a week. While the symptoms are not severe, and it’s rare to die from Zika, the virus has been linked to birth defects. Because of this, pregnant women—or women trying to conceive—are urged not to travel to the areas where the disease has spread. To minimize the risk of transmission, those who think they could have the virus should wait at least six months after any symptoms subside or visiting an area where the virus has spread before trying to conceive.
Ways to Prevent Zika Virus
The best way to prevent a Zika virus infection is by not getting a mosquito bite. Also, those who have the virus should abstain from unprotected sex. There are many ways to avoid a mosquito bite, including:
- Insect repellent: sprays and lotions that contain at least 20% DEET help guard against mosquito bites. You can also find household sprays and candles for in and around your home that can help kill mosquitoes already in the area.
- Cover exposed skin: wearing a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks, and a hat can help prevent a bite.
- Stay indoors: air-conditioned rooms with good window and door screens help keep the bugs out. Also, sleeping under a bed net helps prevent the bugs from biting at night.
- Get applications of mosquito control done around the perimeter of your house. We offer mosquito control services through our sister brand, Green Lawn Fertilizing.
If you’re planning to travel to any of the above-mentioned destinations and are concerned about the Zika virus, check with local health authorities or the CDC for more up-to-date information. By using the right prevention methods and being aware of the risks, mosquitoes won’t ruin your plans. If you’re nervous about keeping your Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware property safe, contact Green Pest Solutions at 877-636-9469 with any biting (pun intended) questions.
The United States is home to some 200 species of mosquito, 60 of which live in the tristate area. Their bites are not only annoying and painful; they can also be dangerous carriers of disease. Avoid these flying pests with this guide from Green Pet Solutions.
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