Zika virus is a tropical disease that is spread by Aedes species of mosquitoes. Until 2015, the virus was limited to small outbreaks in regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mosquitoes can pick up the virus by biting an infected person, and then transmit it to someone else they bite later. The virus doesn’t generally spread from person to person directly, though sexual transmission is possible. Learn More (via ShareCare)
Know The Facts
Much is in the news about the Zika virus—and along with that constant news stream, many incorrectly reported facts. Although Zika might eventually impact our area, currently there are no reported cases locally of the virus being transmitted by the species of mosquito that carries it, the Aedes aegypti. Today the reported cases in the U.S. involving the Zika virus are from patients who have traveled outside the country or have had intimate contact with those outside the U.S. Education is integral when it comes to protecting yourself from the virus—read on to familiarize yourself with tips for preventing the virus.
Tips to Protect Yourself
- Use insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants.
- Stay indoors and use window and door screens in your home.
- Empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.