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Important Information Regarding the Zika Virus

With the enormous impact potential Zika has, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South feels it imperative to dedicate a page solely to information about the vector-borne virus. We want you to be as informed as possible as to what Zika is and what its symptoms are, as well as how to avoid coming into contact with disease-carrying mosquitoes. For the most up-to-date information regarding Zika, we urge you to follow our blog.

What is Zika Virus?

Zika is a mosquito-borne illness. Humans may become infected by the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti or Aedes Albopictus (the Asian Tiger) mosquito. Currently there have been no local transmissions of the virus and all cases within the continental United States are all cases where the patient contracted Zika whilst traveling abroad. However, now that the warmer months are here, it is suspected that Zika could begin to get transmitted locally. After all, the Asian Tiger mosquito is flying around you and your home right now.

An infected human can become a facilitator of the virus to other mosquitoes for approximately 7 – 10 days after first becoming infected. For this reason, it’s important for anyone experiencing Zika symptoms to remain indoors and away from mosquitoes. Otherwise, you risk further spreading the disease via mosquito bites. It’s of the utmost importance those who’ve been exposed to Zika to take extra precautions and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.


Aedes Aegypti

So, What are the Symptoms of Zika?

The Zika Virus is extremely easily spread and nearly 80% of those infected show no symptoms. This is a dangerous scenario, with a mere 20% of those infected showing symptoms, the likelihood of further spreading of the virus is probable due to simply not knowing one is infected. The symptoms usually experienced by those infected are flu-like in nature and include:

  • Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Conjunctivits (a.k.a. “pink eye”)


Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquito)

Scary Revelations Regarding Zika and Health Complications

Microcephaly, and its enormous negative impact, brought more attention to studying Zika. While scientists were once unsure of the extent of the damage Zika caused, now it has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Zika “is scarier than we initially thought”, including more birth defects, fetal death, Guillain-Barre and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Both Guillain-Barre and ADEM are autoimmune diseases that can cause serious disruptions in a person’s life, affecting non-pregnant men, women and children.

Prevention is Absolutely Paramount!

Currently there is neither a vaccine nor a cure. The only thing you can do is to completely avoid being in an area inundated with mosquitoes which may be carrying this disease. By reducing the number of mosquitoes you come into contact with ultimately reduces your likelihood of contracting Zika.

To find out how Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can keep your yard mosquito free all season-long, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the “Alert the Squad” button above. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

 

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