As many people learn about the Zika virus in the media, there is a lot of concern as to whether or not it will reach America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although most cases of it have been abroad, they report that cases among those traveling will likely continue to increase, and that the imported cases could result in the local spread of the virus throughout the country. In other words, it may have been an issue that was largely in parts of Africa, Asia Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands, but it is likely to become an issue this summer right here in America.
Zika, according to the CDC, is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through infected mosquitoes. The most common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Additionally, the CDC reports that there is a scientific consensus that Zika virus can also cause microcephaly, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and other severe fetal brain defects. The best line of defense against getting Zika is to avoid being bitten by the mosquitoes that carry the virus. Here are 5 ways to protect your family from the Zika virus this summer:
- Avoid bites. It’s important to avoid mosquito bites in order to avoid the Zika virus. This means taking measures to avoid being in areas where there will be a lot of mosquitoes, so you may have to plan your summer activities accordingly. Know the types of environments mosquitoes are drawn to, so they can be avoided and you can plan your activities accordingly.
- Know Zika. It’s important to know about Zika in order to help avoid getting it. For example, the mosquitoes that spread Zika mostly bite during the day, rather than the summer pesky ones that people are often familiar with that come out at night. Also, those daytime mosquitoes that spread Zika also tend to spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.
- Mosquito control.Take measures to keep mosquitoes away from your home, both inside and outside. These measures include not allowing water to be held, such as in planters or toys, where mosquitoes often lay their eggs, ensuring that screens are in good working order on all windows, and avoiding leaving them propped open.
- Dress the part. If you will be going out during the day in an area where you may come in contact with mosquitoes, be sure to use mosquito repellent and dress wisely. Opt for wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt, so that less of your skin is exposed.
- Choose wisely. Not all mosquito repellents are created equal, especially when it comes to fighting off the Zika virus. Opt for a mosquito repellent that is all natural and contains oil of lemon eucalyptus, such as the Zika Shield repellents, so that you get the best coverage, reduce risks of bites, and protect yourself from toxic chemicals
“Most people are used to the summer evening mosquitoes, but when it comes to the Zika virus we have to think differently,” added Castro. “Protecting your family from mosquito bites all day long is necessary this summer. It’s the best way to avoid becoming infected. We have helped make that protection simple and effective” explained Manny Castro, co-founder of Zika Shiel