Zika Virus – found in United States

Zika Virus Warning

Zika Virus – found in United States!

Zika Virus Warning and window screens!  Quality window screens and sliding screen doors on windows help prevent the spread of the Zika Virus!  This disease, discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda several decades ago. Is not just a problem in Africa and Asia, but throughout the world.  Also, it’s now found in places in the Western Hemisphere meaning, near you, in the United States.  Pregnant women are especially advised to be cautious as the virus can cause Microcephaly!  This severe developmental disorder disrupts the growth of an infant’s brain giving them an abnormally small head!!

Furthermore, Florida has experienced the most cases of the Zika virus in our country!  Zika Virus Warnings have been reported in California, Texas, and many parts of the east coast from New York to Virginia.  Most cases are due to people traveling to parts of the world where the virus pummels the nation.

In addition, Miami has experienced Zika cases from local vector borne transmissions meaning that they are not infected by people traveling.  They were infected by mosquitoes in their area.  Mosquitoes will be successful in spreading the virus throughout the nation.  It is unsure of how fast it will spread so be prepared!  It’s best to secure your windows and doors now!  Replace old torn window screens and screen doors now!!!

Why take a chance and allow these insects to find their way into your home through a bad window screens and bite you and your loved ones?  Shield your windows and doors as soon as possible!  Insects and pests never turn down an invite!!!

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For more information go to http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

Below is a copy of the statement the CDC published

Furthermore, the Florida Department of Health has identified two areas of Miami-Dade County where Zika is being spread by mosquitoes.  In addition to the previously identified area in the Wynwood neighborhood, there is now mosquito-borne spread of Zika virus in a section of Miami Beach.

This guidance is for people who live in or traveled to the identified area of Miami Beach any time after July 14. This guidance also still applies for those who live in or traveled to the previously identified Wynwood area any time after June 15. These timeframes are based on the earliest time symptoms can start and the maximum 2-week incubation period for Zika virus.

Pregnant women and their partners

Women who are pregnant should not travel to these areas.  They and their partners living in or traveling to these areas should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.  Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.Women and men who live in or traveled to these areas and who have a pregnant sex partner should use condoms or other barriers to prevent infection every time they have sex or not have sex during the pregnancy.

Hence, pregnant women and their partners who are concerned about being exposed to Zika may want to consider postponing nonessential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.  All pregnant women in the United States should be assessed for possible Zika virus exposure and signs or symptoms of Zika during each prenatal care visit.  A pregnant women who live in or frequently travel to these areas should be tested in the first and second trimester of pregnancy.

The pregnant women with possible Zika exposure and signs or symptoms of Zika should be tested for Zika. Those pregnant women who traveled to or had unprotected sex with a partner that traveled to or lives in these areas should talk to their healthcare provider and should be tested for Zika.

Couples thinking about getting pregnant

A Woman with Zika should wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms began. Also, men with Zika should wait at least 6 months after symptoms began to try to get pregnant. Men and women who live in or frequently travel to these areas should talk to their healthcare provider.  Women and men who traveled to these areas should wait at least 8 weeks before trying to get pregnant.

Women and men of reproductive age

Effective contraception to prevent pregnancy in women and their partners who want to delay or prevent pregnancy is a key prevention strategy for Zika.

For questions on mosquito control in Florida – Zika Virus Warning!

Florida health officials can answer questions on their mosquito control program.  Aerial treatment of areas with pesticides reduce the number of young and adult zika carrying mosquitoes.  Repeated aerial applications of insecticide has reduced mosquito populations as a part of an integrated vector management program.