South Florida is currently in the news with more mosquito-related Zika diagnoses affecting specific parts of Miami-Dade County and Broward County to the slight north. Mosquito-related problems are no new to this area. Both south Florida counties have hot humid environments and are prone to heavy rain, which can collect and produce a breeding ground for the blood suckers. Fortunately, most people who reside here are well-versed in preventative and protective steps. But just in case we may be wrong, US Media Studios highlights beneficial information to prevent Zika infection.
Oh Those Mosquitoes
Zika is transmitted through the bites of Aedus Agypti mosquitoes. When one of them bites an infected person, it can pick up the virus and spread it to the others when it bites them. This particular species can bite four or five people in a single blood meal, which means it can spread the virus quickly.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these steps to avoid mosquito bites:
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants.
- Use an insect repellent with DEET on exposed skin. Spray on hands and pat the face, neck and ears.
- Stay and sleep in screened in or air conditioned rooms, tents or cabins.
- Use a bed net if sleeping exposed to the outdoors.
Below are the reported symptoms for Zika. It is imperative to know that four out of five people who are infected don’t experience any symptoms at all. Symptoms may appear within 14 days of the initial bite.
- Mild fever
- Skin rash
- Muscle or joint pain
US Media Studios urges south Florida residents and visitors to take progressive and preventative steps to prevent mosquito bites. It’s easy and almost free to do.