FINALLY. It’s spring! And that means time for mosquito control! Why? Because according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Zika virus disease is now a nationally notifiable condition. And along with the West Nile Virus, EEE and Lyme Disease, which we have known about for a while now, people should take greater care when playing, hiking, camping and even walking barefoot outdoors. Please note – this is not meant to scare everyone, but to make you aware of the growing trend.
ZIKA: As of this February, 49 states have reported over 5,000 Zika virus disease cases to ArboNET2 over the past two years. ArboNET is a national arboviral surveillance system managed by the CDC and state health departments.
Of the reported 5,040 cases, some 4,748 were in travelers returning from affected areas. These folks contracted it elsewhere and brought it back. But more concerning were the 220 cases acquired through presumed local mosquito-borne transmission in Florida (214) and Texas (6). Another 72 cases were acquired through other routes, including sexual transmission (44), congenital infection (26), laboratory transmission (1), and person-to-person through unknown route (1).
As we all know, Zika has attracted a lot of media attention. It’s devastating effects on the unborn tugs at our collective hearts. Microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to infants of the same sex and age, has received the most attention. Additionally, other serious birth defects and other pregnancy problems can occur – decreased brain tissue, damage to the eyes and joints, increased muscle tone (restricting body movement) and Guillain-Barre Syndorme (GBS) system in which a person’s immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.
This does not mean every pregnant woman infected with Zika will have a baby with Zika related birth defects, likewise, exceptionally few people infected with Zika will ever develop GBS.
WEST NILE: West Nile Virus continues to be a threat as well. 2,038 cases were reported during 2016 affecting 47 states. While 70-80% of people infected with West Nile virus never develop symptoms, those who do (about 1 in 5) develop a fever along with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, join pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most recover completely, though fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months following the illness.
LYME: Lyme Disease can be particularly debilitating, affecting the joints with a savage intent. Many times it is misdiagnosed as Rheumatoid Arthritis or something similar. The only way to know for sure is to have a very specific blood test called the “California Test.” Most insurances do not cover this test which can often cost upwards of $600 or more. But it might be the correct test in the end. Seek out the advise of specialists. Don’t leave it up to your general practitioner.
To increase your chances of NOT contracting these diseases, a practical mosquito, tick and flea treatment program from Master Mosquito Control could be the answer. Call us today at 888-321-4486 or go online at www.Bughitman.com and fill out the “Request a Quote” form. We’ll help you make your yard safe again with a comprehensive treatment program.