Now that we begin to hit triple digit temperatures, summer in Texas is in full-swing and peak season for mosquitoes and cases of the Zika virus is just beginning. It’s been just over a year since we first heard about the risks posed to Texas residents about the Zika virus. Even though the second year of the Zika virus has been relatively quiet, the threat of this mosquito-borne illness still persists, putting many adults and children alike at risk of contracting the disease.
Southern Counties Report Increase in Mosquitoes Capable of Spreading Zika
A new report shows that U.S. counties across the South, located in Texas and as far as Illinois, have reported mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika or other related viruses. Two types of mosquito, including Zika’s main vector Aedes aegypti, are the primary transmitters of Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya viruses. Although Zika hasn’t dominated the headlines of news articles since last year’s large concern about the virus, these reports show that additional counties – primarily in Texas – recorded the presence of this type of mosquito, a 21 percent increase from a survey recorded in 2016. Although you don’t hear about Zika as much as you did months ago, the reports indicate that the threat posed by mosquitoes lingering here persists.
How Will I Know If I Contract the Zika Virus?
Through July 12, the CDC has reported 163 symptomatic cases of Zika in the United States and 522 in U.S. territories this year alone. This doesn’t account for the number of cases in which a person contracts the Zika virus and shows no symptoms at all. According to the Center for Disease Control, many people infected won’t have symptoms or will only show mild symptoms, meaning people who may have contracted Zika show can flu-like symptoms that disappear within days to a week. Because these symptoms are common and often mild, if they appear at all, these people often never seek medical attention, thus cases like these go undocumented. However, if symptoms from the virus appear, the most common include:
• Joint or muscle pain
• Red eyes
If you experience these symptoms, it’s best to make an appointment with your doctor to test for the Zika virus.
Zika may have faded from headlines, but mosquito control is still absolutely necessary to protect your family and yourself when it comes to mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus.
1. Clear any standing water that surrounds your home, this particular area is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
2. Keep up with home maintenance – cleaning your gutters and maintaining your yard prevents mosquitoes from becoming attracted to your home.
The best way to protect your home and family from mosquitoes and ultimately from the risk of contracting the Zika virus is through active prevention. Utilize popular protection programs like our Mosquito Squad Barrier Protection Spray or ensure continuous mosquito control with an automatic mosquito misting system. Ready to start your mosquito-prevention plan? Contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria at (361) 894 – 8642 or by visiting our website to ensure a safe and mosquito-free summer and fall!