It’s hard to forget about the effect that West Nile Virus had on the United States. The virus that spread across America by mosquito bites in 1999 left our nation in fear of mosquito bites and symptoms that could follow. A little under ten years and we’re facing a situation that is very similar. The Zika virus is gaining attention from headlines across the world, and it’s with good intentions that we hope to provide you with the information that you need to keep your family safe as temperatures rise.

While similar to West Nile Virus, the Zika virus differs in quite a few ways. However, the main way that they do relate is how they are spread. This new virus is being spread through the bites of mosquitoes, but not the smaller ones that we’re accustomed to. Found in warm, dry areas, the mosquitoes carrying the virus are quite large in size. Because of the specificity to type of mosquito, we see more cases in areas that actually house these mosquitoes, but cases have been found in the U.S. in people that have traveled to these locations.

Currently, the Zika virus is accounted for in Egypt, Kenya, Brazil, Indonesia, India and Mexico. With our borders close to countries that do have these types of mosquitoes, it’s extremely concerning as temperatures begin to heat up. Currently, there have been a few cases within the U.S. in children and adults, that are currently being watched.

Even though the virus is not transmitted person to person, the symptoms are great to be aware of. Similar to West Nile Virus, symptoms of this virus include high fevers, rashes, red eyes and joint pain. There are studies that are currently being conducted to discover whether or not this virus has long term effects on pregnant women. Right now, there has been a slight correlation with birth defects later on.

Keep updated with where things are with this virus, and make sure to schedule an appointment with Tap Out Pest Control to ensure that one of our exterminators wipes out the mosquitoes surrounding your home.