The weather is finally turning cooler, and many people find their attention turning to the holidays. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it worth taking a few moments of your time to tell you a little about this year’s most talked about mosquito-borne illness. Every year, it seems that a new illness makes all of the news, usually getting more attention than its impact deserves. This year, the attention is going to the Zika Virus.
While Zika has made all of the headlines over the summer, it’s not a new illness. It was first discovered in 1947, and it’s named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. Outbreaks primarily occur in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. And while Zika has been making the news, the amount of attention it is getting far outweighs the number of cases in the United States. In fact, it is EXTREMELY RARE.
The largest risk of Zika involves transmission between a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Pregnant women with Zika should take the time to get more frequent ultrasounds due to the risk of microcephaly (a rare neurological condition where an infant’s head is significantly smaller than the heads of other children in the same age range).
For most people, the symptoms of Zika will not be all that different than a cold, or allergies. You might experience a slight fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes.
If you are worried about Zika, take the usual precautions to avoid an insect bite. Wear long sleeves, use insect repellent, and consider adding a MosquitoNix system to your home.
One last, but VERY important thing…there has not been a single locally acquired case of Zika in Texas. Not one! That doesn’t change the fact that mosquitoes are still a major issue and nuisance, and they can still affect outdoor parties or make it impossible to enjoy your own backyard. So, be informed, be aware, and don’t fall prey to the occasional exuberant reporting you’ll see on the local news!
Give us a call and we will be glad to discuss our permanent and temporary solutions for your mosquito population. We can always be reached at 210-699-7700, or through our website: https://mosquitonixsa.com/contact-us/.