Zika Virus Mosquito Prevention & Control in Ann Arbor MI; Zika Symptoms, Inspections & Vaccine Research

Zika fever is an illness that is caused by the Zika virus and spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, primarily the yellow fever mosquito and Asian tiger mosquito. The disease has occurred in twenty regions in the Americas and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency of international concern in February 2016.

Zika Virus Symptoms

Many cases have no symptoms but those that do are usually mild in nature and often resemble other vector borne viruses including dengue fever. Symptoms include headache, fever, joint pain, and are often accompanied by a red rash. Symptoms typically last less than seven days and there have been no deaths reported during the initial stage of infection. However, infection in adults has been linked to Guillian-Barre syndrome, a disorder that causes paralysis and in some cases death. Infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly a severe birth defect which results in infants been born with abnormally small heads.

Zika Virus Mosquito Prevention

Along with the bite of an infected mosquito, the virus can also be sexually transmitted. Researchers also believe the disease can be spread through blood transfusions. A positive diagnosis of the disease can be performed through testing of the blood, urine or saliva. Spread of the disease can be prevented by limiting mosquito bites in the areas where the disease in known to occur along with the use of condoms. The use of insect repellent, clothing treated with DEET and removing containers with standing water where mosquitoes are known to reproduce are recommended along with a mosquito control plan designed by your knowledgeable Knock ’Em Out Pest Control professional.

Mosquito Prevention

• Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus – always follow the product directions and reapply as directed
• When using sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first, allow it to dry and then apply insect repellent
• Cover exposed skin by wearing shirts with long-sleeves and long pants
• Sleep in rooms that are air-conditioned and have screened in windows
• When spending time outdoor camping, use a bed net to limit exposure
• Eliminate standing water
• Check window & door screens for holes and tears

Zika Vaccine Research

There is no vaccine for the Zika virus however the development of a vaccine is the top priority of the US National Institute of Health (NIH). According to researchers, a vaccine may be available for emergency use towards the end of 2016. There have been 388 travel associated cases of the Zika virus in the United States. Of this number, 33 occurred in pregnant women and 8 were sexually transmitted.

Mosquito Inspections, Prevention, Control & Removal in Ann Arbor Michigan

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