To begin with, a virus is basically a microorganism that only reproduces inside a living cell. Viruses are microscopic, and practically invisible to the human eye. The Zika virus has been all over the news because it has been quickly spreading throughout the Western Hemisphere. This virus is a microorganism contracted from a bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, which is a violent biter during the day. Zika infection can be passed from a pregnant woman to her unborn child, thus resulting in abnormal birth defects. Sex is supposedly another way through which the infection can be transmitted; however, it is yet to be endorsed. Apparently, there is neither a vaccine nor a cure for the disease.
The symptoms of Zika virus are generally reported as a fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis or red eyes. Muscle pains and headaches have also been termed as notable symptoms. The symptoms may last for several days or weeks. Zika infection can easily be detected when blood or urine test is conducted.
According to a recent report released by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 234 expectant women in the U.S. were carrying the Zika virus in their systems. This particular strain was discovered to cause a distressing birth flaw known as microphaly among other severe defects to the child’s brain. Currently, Zika is spreading at an alarming rate with expectant mothers becoming more vulnerable to contracting the virus.
Assuming that the present infection trend continues to trend upward, at least one in four people may turn out to be Zika victims in the near future. Since Zika lays ground for birth defects, there are many organizations taking serious measures to prevent the spread of Zika virus. Pregnant women should avoid travelling to Zika prone areas.
FIGURE 1. Cases of confirmed and presumptive Zika virus infection (N = 5,582), by pregnancy status and week of illness onset or specimen collection, and percentage of persons with test results positive for Zika virus — Puerto Rico, November 1, 2015–July 7, 2016*
The Zika virus sounds like a global pandemic about to claim more innocent lives if durable and effective pest control aimed at its prevention are not put in place. It’s upon each one of us to initiate procedures that will help curb the current condition that is endangering the lives of many innocent children. The team at Brezden Pest Control encourages pregnant women to consider the preventive measures outlined by the CDC.
To minimize the spread of this deadly virus, pest control inspections at your place of business and home will help rule out any potential Zika infestations. Pest inspection should be thoroughly conducted to disrupt all pest activities. If you own a restaurant or a public place of business, consider seeking a commercial pest control inspection to discover and eliminate potential pest infestations. Keep your home and office free of unwanted pests, and help us prevent the spread of the Zika virus.
About Brezdenpest.com : www.BrezdenPest.com is a pest control service that had its humble beginnings in a garage located in Cayucos more than 20 years ago. Over time, the company has cemented its reputation among its customers for being a renowned pest control expert serving various clients with professional dedication. The Brezden team can reached at [email protected] or by phone using the following number (805) 544-9446.