The World Health Organization has declared the rapid spread of the Zika virus as a public health emergency. In response to the growing threat, there are some ways in which you can protect yourself.
First, it’s important to understand that Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitos, and that many areas right here in the United States have the type of mosquitos that can spread Zika virus. These mosquitos are aggressive daytime biters and can also bite at night. In addition, Zika can be passed through sexual intercourse.
The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you protect yourself with EPA-registered insect repellent. In addition, be sure to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens, and remove standing water around your home.
Zika is especially dangerous for pregnant women, as infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, which is abnormal smallness of head size and associated with incomplete brain development. Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth. For their protection, health officials have warned pregnant women to avoid travel to the more than 45 countries and territories in which the Zika virus is circulating.
Notably, Zika virus has been found in South Florida and is spreading, according to local state health officials and the CDC. In an unprecedented move, the CDC issued a travel warning, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to the small community just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is actively circulating. If you must travel to an area that has Zika mosquitos, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
Adult mosquitos can spread a variety of viruses (like Dengue, Zika, West Nile and others) that can make you sick. At Alexandria Pest Services (APS), we have solutions to help to reduce the number of mosquitos in an area and reduce the risk of Zika and other viruses. At APS, our mosquito control and removal services will ensure that your family can enjoy being outside without suffering the hassle of annoying mosquitos. Our goal is to provide you with the very best in mosquito control services at affordable prices. We offer single application treatments and seasonal programs. Contact us today to find out more!