The Zika virus is officially in America: 9 American women have been confirmed to have the disease. Smart homeowners are already taking preventative measures to protect themselves and their families.
Are you ready for the Zika virus? Here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself and avoiding the deadly virus. And why you should hire OKC pest control pros for a mosquito spray.
Nine Pregnant Women in America Have Already Been Infected
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nine pregnant American women contracted the disease. One of those women has already given birth to a baby with a rare birth defect.
Meanwhile, the CDC is investigating 10 more reports from pregnant travelers who claim to be experiencing Zika-like symptoms. All of the Zika cases in America are from travelers who visited or lived in places known for Zika outbreaks.
Hundreds of non-pregnant cases of the Zika virus have also been reported in America.
The Zika Virus May Cause Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects
Babies born to women who have the Zika virus often develop microcephaly. Researchers haven’t officially confirmed if the babies’ microcephaly is a result of the Zika virus being contracted during pregnancy, although there appears to be a strong correlation.
Microcephaly isn’t the only birth defect linked to the Zika virus. Other babies born to Zika-infected mothers have developed problems like absent or poorly developed brain structures. Other babies have been observed with eye defects, hearing deficits, impaired growth, and other issues.
In some cases, women with the Zike virus have been confirmed to have a higher than normal chance of miscarrying the fetus.
Of course, other children of mothers infected with the Zika virus have been born with no observed complications â which is why researchers haven’t 100 percent confirmed a link.
You Can’t Get It Twice
Once you’ve had the Zika virus once, it does not appear that you can get it again. As the CDC reports,
“Once a person has been infected with Zika virus, he or she is likely to be protected from a future Zika infection.”
Additionally, women who have previously had the Zika infection and become pregnant later on do not appear to pass the virus onto their children. In other words, getting the Zika virus today (if you’re not pregnant) does not appear to have an effect on future pregnancies.
Reconsider your Tropical Vacation
Brazil is the current hotspot of the Zika virus. The vast majority of Zika virus cases - including the American cases - have originated from Brazil.
That’s bad news for anyone planning to travel to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games in August or the 2016 Paralympic Games in September.
The Type of Mosquito that Spreads the Zika Virus is Found in Some Parts of the American South
The CDC is advising people to continue using mosquito repellant bug spray for up to 3 weeks after returning from Zika-prevalent countries like Brazil. This is to reduce the chance of the Zika virus spreading to American mosquitos and making its way across our country.
The type of mosquito that spreads Zika is currently found in parts of the South.
107 Zika Cases in Total
A total of 9 pregnant women have confirmations that they have the Zika virus, but a total of 107 travel-related Zika infections have been diagnosed in 24 states across America so far.
How to Protect Yourself – OKC Pest Control Pros
The Zika virus sounds scary. But preventing Zika is the same way you prevent other mosquito-borne viruses: limit their breeding grounds around your home and wear insect repellant in mosquito-prone areas.
Looking for the best, safest, and most effective mosquito prevention in Oklahoma City? You need Harmony Pest Solutions – the OKC pest control pros, especially when it comes to mosquitoes.
Harmony Pest Solutions specializes in targeting mosquito problems around the home. Using proven pest control solutions, Harmony Pest Solutions can significantly reduce your likelihood of experiencing the Zika virus in our area.
Today’s mosquitos don’t just spread Zika: they can also spread harmful infections like the chikungunya virus or dengue. There is no vaccine or medication for dengue, chikungunya, or Zika - which is why prevention is so important.