About the Zika Virus
Earlier this year, we published a blog post about the growing concern over the spread of the Zika virus. Since then, the topic has had extensive media coverage including an unprecendented Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel warning earlier this week which advised pregnant women not to travel to a specific area near downtown Miami, FL.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted disease. Most people infected with Zika won't even know they have the disease because they won't have any symptoms. However, when symptoms are present, they commonly include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). These symptoms usually last anywhere from 2 to 7 days on average. According to the CDC, a direct link has been confirmed between Zika virus and microcephaly in newborn babies and a rare immune system disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The vast majority of cases of Zika in the United States have been from travel to other countries where the virus is actively circulating, a total of more than 60 countries and territories.
The good news is that mosquito control can be accomplished by developing an effective plan and using the right spray equipment.Read More