Is Zika Still an Issue?
Zika is an unpleasant virus transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The North American outbreak of Zika started in 2015 and caused many people to panic, making national headlines. A couple years later, many people are left wondering if they should still be worried about contracting the virus or if they are in the clear.
Zika Statistics tell all
Numbers say a lot, and as it turns out, the statistics regarding Zika cases in the US and its territories have changed drastically over the past year. In 2016 a whopping 41,181 cases of Zika were reported, while in 2017 there were a mere 685. The astounding decrease in the presence of this virus in just a year's time is assuring of the fact that Zika is on a downward trend. However, the presence and threat of this mosquito-borne virus still exist along with others including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and more.
where is zika virus still present?
While there has been an impressive decline in the instances of Zika in the U.S., peak mosquito season has just begun. In fact, the first locally transmitted case in Florida last year didn't appear until July. So while the numbers are down and there are only a few states that are under travel warnings, it is advised to steer clear of certain Texas counties. The potential risk may seem to have decreased, but it's better to be safe than sorry and use bug spray when spending time outdoors.
If you are planning to take a vacation, make sure to do your research about your destination and see what pest-borne viruses and diseases are at risk in the area. Virtually all of South America is considered to be at minimal to normal risk of Zika. However, there are parts of Chile and Uruguay that appear to be safer for travel. The northern and southern most parts of Africa are said to be clear as well, but the central countries tend to have a higher risk of contracting the disease. Zika is also still present in many south-eastern countries and islands of Asia.
The good news is that ultimately the Zika Virus appears to be declining in the United States as it has in many areas, however, it hasn't disappeared in any of them. In fact, there are areas where case counts are still on the rise. It is important that you realize that the problem remains in many places around the world, including our own turf. Luckily, American Pest has some tips on how to protect yourself, especially if you are going to take a break from work or school to travel to an area with a higher risk of infection. If you feel that your yard is being bombarded by mosquitoes this season, check out their mosquito and tick control program and contact American Pest for more information!
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