The Zika Virus – Here Are The Facts

25 Jul

Everyone knows how annoying and painful mosquitoes can be. If you’ve heard about the Zika virus and are wondering what it is and whether you are at risk, you’re not alone. The first human case of a Zika infected disease was detected in Nigeria in 1954 but since then there have been further outbreaks in Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands since. However in May 2015 it was reported in Brazil and since then it has spread rapidly.

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What is the Zika virus?

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection spread to people primarily through the bite of an Aedes mosquito. They are found throughout the Americas except for Canada and Chile where it is too cold for them to survive. If they drink the blood of an infected person they can then infect subsequent people they bite.

Although the symptoms are quite mild lasting up to a week, if the Zika virus is caught during pregnancy it can cause a serious birth defects. Zika doesn’t naturally occur in the UK but if you have travelled to areas that do have Zika, such as the Caribbean or the Pacific islands, in the last 6-8 months then we recommend you talk to your doctor about your travel. To diagnose Zika, your doctor will ask you about recent travel and any symptoms you might be experiencing. They might collect blood or urine samples to test for Zika or similar viruses.

What are the symptoms of the Zika?

  • Mild fever.
  • Conjunctivitis (red, sore eyes).
  • Headache.
  • Joint pain.
  • A rash.

How do people get infected with Zika?

The Zika virus is often spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, but it can also be sexually transmitted by men infected with Zika to both female and male partners. If your male partner has or had Zika, or travelled to an area where Zika is spreading, condom use is advised for at least six months.

Here are some facts about mosquitos in the UK:

  • They can develop from eggs to adults in just six to ten days.
  • They are found close to still water, where their larvae feed and develop.
  • They seem to be attracted to dark colours.
  • Mosquitoes will normally bite you at dawn or dusk.

The team at Abate have over 70 years of combined experience in solving a multitude of pest problems. We specialise in providing targeted solutions for a number of pest types with tailored services depending on the severity and environment of the infestation. Our skilled technicians can help with both commercial and domestic pest problems across the whole of East Anglia.

Are you facing a mosquito problem in your home or at your business premises? For your free site audit, why not call our team on 08009 809767. We are more than happy to answer and questions or queries you may have. You can also visit our website for more information on our products and services.

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