By now, you have no doubt heard of the Zika virus threat. This mosquito-borne virus has captured headlines because of its ability to cause microcephaly in unborn children, a birth defect that is characterized by small head size and brain damage. While there are several mosquito-borne viruses that are capable of causing death, Zika is even more frightening because it can lead to lifelong suffering for an entire family. That is why it is important to understand exactly how much of a threat this virus can be here in Tennessee.
What you need to know about Zika in Tennessee.
There are two mosquito species in the United States that are able to carry the Zika virus; they are the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus. Both of these mosquito species can be commonly found throughout Tennessee.
Zika is not yet known to be spreading through local mosquito populations in Tennessee.
Zika has been found in the state, but only in travelers who have returned from countries where Zika is spread locally. For this reason, the first course of action the Tennessee Department of Health has taken is to issue a warning to pregnant women traveling abroad.
80% of those infected with Zika show no symptoms at all. This makes Zika hard to track. If it does become a locally spread outbreak, it may take time for health authorities to detect it.
There is no known vaccine to prevent Zika virus and no specific medical treatment for those who have been infected.
Mosquito bites can be deterred. Avoid going out in the morning or evening when mosquitoes are most active. Wear long sleeves and pants if possible. Apply a mosquito repellent with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Make sure all of the screens on your home are in good working condition. When outside on your deck or near the pool, consider using a large fan to create an artificial breeze that will deter mosquitoes.
Mosquito control services are known to buffer the spread of mosquito-borne viruses.
States and local government agencies across the country use mosquito control as the first line of defense against the spread of mosquito-borne viruses like Zika; but this solution is incomplete without the assistance of businesses and homeowners. Consider instituting mosquito control on your property. Together we can protect our communities and our families from dangerous and potentially life-changing viruses, like Zika. One baby born with microcephaly is one baby too many.
At Russell’s Pest Control, we provide the most comprehensive and effective mosquito services available in Tennessee. Find out how our team can help you be part of the solution that is keeping America safe.
Zika Awareness in Knoxville TN
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