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What Central Florida Residents Need to Know about Zika

What Central Florida Residents Need to Know about ZikaThe very first place that the Zika virus hit was not in Central Florida. Rather it was in the Miami area. But that hasn’t stopped it from reaching Central Florida. To date, there have been more than 100 cases of the Zika virus in the area, which is causing quite a bit of concern for area residents as well as tourists. Here is what you need to know about Zika.

The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitos. The good news is that at this time, many of the areas in Miami are no longer showing evidence of an active transmission, meaning no additional people are being infected. Furthermore, of the cases in Central Florida, many were travel-related rather than contracted locally.

What is important to understand about Zika is that it does not pose a dangerous health threat for everyone. Only 1 in 5 actually has any symptoms at all, and that is generally just a mild fever. However, the biggest concern is that the Zika virus in a pregnant woman can cause microcephaly in the fetus. Thus, pregnant women in Central Florida should take extra precautions to avoid the Zika virus. In addition to being able to be contracted by mosquitos, it can also happen through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and sexual contact with an infected person. Blood banks are now screening donations for the Zika virus, thereby lessening the chance of infection that way.

The mosquitos that carry the Zika virus are urban mosquitos – they prefer bird baths, water containers, flower pots, and the places water collects at a typical residence over swamps, lakes, and larger bodies of water. They also do not travel far in their short three-week life, so if you take steps to keep mosquito populations down around your home, you can greatly increase your chances for not contracting this virus.

Our team at Sterling Pest Control can aid you in this endeavor by treating your property for mosquitos. Call us today, and we’ll not only treat your property, but also alert you to any water sources we see that could put you and your family at risk. We have been serving the Central Florida area since 1991, and it is our goal to help our community’s residents in the fight against this dangerous virus.

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