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There have been a number of disease control issues over the years that have taken the United States and the world by storm. It is important to stay abreast of these viruses and diseases to do your best to prevent contraction. In recent years, the Zika virus is one of the diseases that have swept the world and the United States. To learn a little bit more about Zika, how it is contracted and a 2017 update on where it is currently stands, read the tips below.

What exactly is the Zika virus?

This is a type of virus that is contracted via mosquitoes. Most importantly, it is transmitted by a very specific type of mosquito, which is from the Aedes species.  These mosquitoes will bite people both in the daytime and nighttime, so the best thing you can do in this regard is make sure that you avoid contact with mosquitoes. The problem with this disease is that there is no cure, no medication to curb the symptoms and no vaccination to prevent it. It may lead to birth defects if a pregnant mother incurs the infection while carrying the baby.

During the spread of this disease, it made its way to the United States, which is why the Center for disease control has taken notice and is continuously doing everything possible to make people informed of this virus, while ramping up prevention efforts in search of a cure.

What's the latest?

Most recently, the CDC has continuously tracked cases of infection and transmission. In early March, it was said that seven new babies were born with Zika symptoms, making the total close to 60 transmissions. There has been a number of efforts proposed to prevent transmission of this virus.

For example, scientists have considered putting out genetically altered mosquitoes that are sterile in order to reduce the number of mosquitoes that are likely to have the virus. This would be a matter of CDC budget considerations.

Each and every case is being tracked and there have been a number of methods proposed to make sure that this issue is curbed and not growing in number. This is a matter that will come with a number of developments over the coming months.

The best cure for Zika virus is prevention at this point.  Be sure that you’re taking measures to prevent mosquito breeding around your property and contact us for regular mosquito control treatments by calling 704-565-9894. 

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