Zika is all over the news right now. With so much to learn still, scientists are in a frenzy to nail down the exact relationship that is apparent between Zika Virus and the birth defect, microcephaly. We’ve written a blog story about Zika and are watching the news closely for the latest developments. Stick with Mosquito Squad of Greenville for the latest news as this mosquito-borne disease is further investigated.
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus, spread to humans through mosquito bites. The primary vectors are the Aedes Aegypti and the Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger Mosquito). Both of these mosquitoes can be found in South Carolina, putting us at risk for a local Zika outbreak. These mosquitoes become infected from biting humans who are carrying Zika, making humans an integral part of the spread of Zika. If you have Zika virus it is vital that you avoid mosquito exposure the first week, to lower the risk of spreading the disease further.
Only 20% of patients with Zika virus will experience a symptom of Zika illness. Symptoms can include muscle pain, headache, fever, joint pain, rash or conjunctivitis. The symptoms can last from a few days to a week and are generally mild. There are no treatments or vaccines for Zika. See your doctor to get tested and discuss ways in which you can manage your Zika symptoms. Read more about Zika symptoms at the CDC.
Zika has come to the forefront of world health concerns due to a link that was made between Zika in the mothers of infants who are born with microcephaly. Because of this, the CDC has issued a Zika travel warning for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Scientists continue to search for answers as they determine the exact relationship between Zika and microcephaly. For more on Zika in pregnancy read our blog story or check out the CDC’s web page on Zika and Pregnancy.
Until more is known, the best defense against Zika** is to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites. Here in Greenville, it is especially important as the two mosquito vectors of Zika do live here in our state. Mosquito Squad of Greenville can eliminate up to 90% of mosquitoes in your yard with our traditional barrier spray treatment. Add that to your vigilance in following the 5T’s of mosquito-proofing your yard and you’ll see an even further reduction in the mosquito population on your property.
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**Mosquito Squad cannot and will not guarantee prevention of the Zika Virus or any other mosquito-borne disease. Our mosquito control services are simply a good addition to any multi-faceted mosquito-borne disease prevention plan.