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Zika News: 10 More Cases in Florida

Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that more Florida locals have contracted the Zika virus after being bitten by mosquitoes.  State health officials also reported that four people contracted Zika all in a square mile just north of downtown Miami.  Most of the reported cases of Zika thus far have been a result of traveling to a foreign country where the disease is prevalent (mainly in the Caribbean).  However, it is now known that Zika can also be transmitted through sexual activity as well.

The World Health Organization has classified Zika as a “global health emergency”, and have also stated that four out of five Zika victims don’t know they have contracted it.  Zika can lead to Guillain-Barre, which is a very rare auto-immune disorder that can lead to paralysis.  Even scarier, is an alarming connection between Zika and Microcephaly, a disease that causes infants to be born with smaller head and brain size.  This causes severe developmental issues, and is passed on from expectant mothers who contract Zika.  The threat of this is so concerning, some Carribean countries have been warning citizens to take precautions to avoid becoming pregnant in this “Zika Era”. The U.S has warned pregnant women to not travel until the Zika virus is better understood and controlled.

We would like to remind everyone to remember to wear insect repellent, and if possible wear thick or loose fitting long sleeved clothing when outdoors.  If your yard is not protect by our services, try to stay in a screened in porch or in the indoor areas of your home.  If you have any questions or concerns about the Zika virus, feel free to call Mosquito Squad for more information.

 

 

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