Preventing Zika Virus Infection
With the Zika Virus spreading rapidly through South America it is no wonder the CDC has begun issuing warnings to those traveling to the area. There have also been several reported cases in Texas and in other Southern states. Preventing Zika virus infections.
The symptoms of Zika are similar to the flu. The biggest concern with this virus is the reported effect it has on unborn babies. There is a high association of the virus and microcephaly. Microcephaly is a birth defect that causes a baby’s head and brain to not develop fully and causes lifelong disabilities.
The biggest concern in our region is that our local mosquito population can become infected with this virus, so it’s time we talk prevention!
- If you are returning from one of the affected countries please wear mosquito repellant. This will hopefully prevent future bites, and prevent our local mosquitoes from carrying the virus.
- Make sure to empty all buckets, inflatable pools, toys, spare tires, etc. of standing water, as standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Most local cities spray for mosquitoes at night. Check with your city to see how often they will be spraying. You might consider getting buying repellant from your local hardware or pest store, so you can spray your home as needed instead of waiting on the city.
- Wear long sleeves and pants when weather allows.
- Make sure your mosquito repellant contains DEET.
While the Zika virus sounds a bit disconcerting the only thing we can do is help prevent it from spreading. The best way to do that is by preventing mosquito bites by wearing repellant, spraying repellant in your yard and getting rid of any standing water.
If you’re looking for more information on the Zika Virus and travel recommendations to affected countries check out the CDC.