There are many According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. But, there are a variety of symptoms but the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). In general, the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Usually people do not even get sick enough to go to the hospital and rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Microcephaly is a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.
In Louisiana, we live with mosquitos especially during the summer. The mosquito that carries the Zika Virus, the Aedes species, does live in Louisiana but this does not mean that every Aedes Mosquito carries the Zika Virus. There are many prevention steps that can be implemented to reduce the mosquito presence in and near your home. Here of some of the types of preventions that you can do:
- Keep your doors and windows closed especially during dusk and dawn. Consider installing screens if you like to keep your doors and windows open.
- Empty and scrub items that hold water like buckets, planters, toys, pools, trash cans, tires, and many other items because Mosquitos lay eggs near water.
- Use an Outdoor flying insect spray especially in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, garages, and carports.
- Kill or Remove mosquitos that enter your home.
Louisiana does have various mosquito abatement programs that provide services to the various Parishes including Orleans and Jefferson Parish. However, if you enjoy being outside or plan on entertaining outside, you may want to consider investing a pest control company and their mosquito prevention services to help reduce the mosquito population near your home.