The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that has become a big news story since the beginning of 2016. A large outbreak of the virus in Brazil resulted in a link being made between microcephaly, a birth defect in newborns, and the Zika virus. Since the virus has come into the limelight there have been links made between the virus and other diseases such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome. With the virus garnering so much attention and increased scientific research dollars, the world awaits as researchers continue to learn more about this frightening virus. We’ve compiled the basic facts about Zika Virus for you here, and will continue to update you on our blog as the research continues.
Aedes Aegypti Mosquito
What is Zika Virus?
Zika Virus is a disease spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The Aedes Aegypti has been the predominant vector thus far, but it is suspected that the Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) will also be a large factor in the spreading of Zika in the United States. Both the Aedes Aegypti and the Asian Tiger are present in Myrtle Beach. Being aggressive daytime and nighttime feeders make the Aedes species one of the hardest to avoid.
Symptoms of Zika
Most people who are infected with Zika virus won’t even know it because they will not have any symptoms of illness. Those who do become sick can experience symptoms such as rash, joint pain, fever, conjunctivitis, muscle pain or a headache. Zika illness is usually mild and can last for a few days to a week after being infected. If you think you have been infected with Zika virus it is important to see your doctor for testing for two main reasons 1. During the first week of infection, you can infect other mosquitoes and should avoid exposure to mosquitoes. 2. If you are pregnant your baby could be at increased risk for birth defects.
Zika Virus Treatment
There is no specific anti-viral treatment or vaccine for Zika virus. Prevention is the best way to avoid the disease. If you are pregnant it is especially vital to avoid mosquito bites and follow the travel notice provided by the CDC.
Zika Prevention in Myrtle Beach
Avoiding mosquitoes and mosquito bites is the best form of Zika virus prevention. At Mosquito Squad of Grand Strand, we are pleased to offer a variety of mosquito control services for your home & property. Our traditional barrier spray is our most popular, eliminating 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard. With a time-released formula, our barrier spray lasts for up to 3 weeks to keep your yard mosquito free. Sign up for the season and our highly trained technicians will come back every 3 weeks to keep your yard mosquito free all season long. Call today to sign up 843-492-0925.