Zika Virus and Mosquitoes

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What Is Zika Virus?

While rare in New England, Zika is a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can cause Zika fever, though symptoms rarely manifest. Most infections occur during international vacations or business trips.

The Connection between Zika Virus and Mosquitoes

The virus can pass between humans, but mosquito bites are the most common method of transmission. After the insect takes a blood meal from an infected person, it becomes a vector for the illness. When the mosquito feeds on new hosts, it may pass on the disease.

Pets and other animals cannot contract or transmit Zika virus.

Symptoms

Though some report headaches and joint pain, many people do not show signs of Zika. However, the virus can cause birth defects. Pregnant women and those with weak immune systems should avoid risk sites for the virus.

Prevention

People can take precautions against this disease. Since Zika mosquitoes in the Aedes genus may bite during the day or night, stay protected during outdoor activities in high-risk areas. Using repellents and wearing pants and long-sleeved clothing can deter mosquito bites.

Dealing with Mosquitoes

Those anxious about Zika virus and mosquitoes often grow concerned about local pest populations. To avoid mosquito diseases and infestations, turn to Waltham Pest Services for safe and effective management of mosquitoes around homes or businesses.

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