Zika Virus: Latest updates, travel warnings and prevention tactics (return to top)
- In 2016 the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency and now estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases in the Americas within the next year.
- The CDC has compiled the latest Zika related information included cases, transmission and risks, symptoms and testing, prevention, pregnancy, surveillance and mosquito control and posted here. https://www.cdc.gov/zika/
- Zika virus was first detected in Uganda in 1947.
- The current outbreak and is now affecting people in all of the America’s with Brazil being the latest epicenter.
- Zika Virus is causing concerns primarily in the country of Brazil where it has been linked to a rise in a phenomenon called microcephaly.
- In the USA, the mosquito responsible for the transmission of the Zika virus is already prevalent in 30 states.
- No locally transmitted Zika cases have been reported in the continental United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers in Puerto Rico, Illinois, Texas, and Florida.
- One case of microcephaly has been linked to Zika and reported in Hawaii.
- There is no vaccine for Zika and therefore, prevention of mosquito bites is paramount.
Insect Shield is effective protection against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes – transmitters of the Zika Virus
- The Aedes mosquito, the main vector of the Zika virus (as well as Dengue fever, chikungunya and Yellow fever) may be one of the toughest mosquito species to battle.
- Unlike the malaria mosquito, Anopheles, typically a night biter, Aedes bite during the day, rendering bed nets less effective.
- Day use permethrin treated apparel and gear products are the best suited for protection from the day biting Aedes mosquito.
- Aedes prefer to bite mainly people, flourish in breeding grounds near people, such as urban areas, making it a serious public health threat.
- Breeding grounds are difficult to eliminate since this type of mosquito does not need much water.
Prevention tactics recommended by the CDC:
- Use insect repellents
- Treat clothing with permethrin
- Purchase permethrin-treated clothing
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Travel Health Warnings
The CDC has issued travel health warnings for pregnant women considering travel to the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and South America.