BEACON TRANSCRIPT – As mosquito season arrives, beware of Zika. The virus outbreak has severely affected Central and South America and is now threatening to hit the US. Health officials warn people to take all precaution measures to prevent any possible epidemic.
Zika virus is transmitted through multiple ways. It is forwarded sexually by engaging with an infected individual, passed by mothers onto their fetus, or through mosquitos. As mosquito season arrives, beware of Zika and its deadly consequences. The virus is transmitted by yellow fever mosquitoes, belonging to the Aedes aegypti species. There are ways to recognize the dangerous aegypti mosquitoes from the safer species, but to the naked and untrained eye, it is almost impossible.
Scientists say that only female mosquitoes bite, and they prefer human blood over that of other mammals. Zika mosquitoes tend to gather in shaded areas outside and approach their victims from behind. More often, they will bite the ankles or elbows. Aegypti mosquitoes are more aggressive at dawn and dusk, but will bite at all hours. They can get inside your home and hide where you can’t possibly spot them. All this makes the Aedes aegypti species extremely hard to control.
Symptoms of Zika infection include fever, muscle and joint aches, pinkeye, and rash.
As a precaution measure, spray all mosquitoes. Do wear long sleeves and pants when going outside and also use a bug repellant. Do not leave the windows or doors to your house opened, and make sure you don’t have stagnant water inside your home. Water is the perfect breeding place for all mosquitoes.
The virus is expected to infect populations in the United States, specifically the Gulf Coast area. Summer in on the way and temperatures will continue to rise, ensuring a proper climate for the dangerous mosquitoes. Aedes agypti mosquitoes like warm weather, and you’ll find the most often in tropical climates. However, some experts believe that they can even reach San Francisco and New York City.
The presence of the deadly Aedes aegypti mosquito has been discovered this May in Coachella Valley. Out of 500 yards inspected, the mosquitoes have been spotted in 32 locations and their larvae in 23 places. Authorities have already started spraying insecticides, and the spray does not present health concerns.
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