With The Summer Comes Zika first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
We are not too far away from the warmer months of the year. As June approaches through to September, temperatures rise and with that comes the problematic increase of the mosquito population. With Zika virus the topic of concern at the moment, what does the situation in the U.S look like this summer? Here’s an article with some further information.
Summer months will see the kind of mosquitoes that carry Zika virus arrive in New York and Los Angeles, climate scientists estimated in a map released on Wednesday. Although U.S. winter temperatures are too cold for these Aedes aegypti mosquitoes outside south Florida and south Texas, summer temperatures should see them spreading north, according to researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center.
As the article mentions, mosquito control in our homes here in the U.S at present is better than those unfortunate countries such as Brazil that have been hit hard by the virus who are struggling to tackle the outbreak.
No matter where in the world you are, particularly if you are an expectant mother, make sure you take every step possible to protect yourself from the potential bite of a mosquito.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines regarding Zika virus and pregnancy in response to the growing number of infants born with microcephaly. Pregnant women can be infected with Zika virus and they can transmit it to their fetus during pregnancy, specifically near the time of birth.
There is still a lot to learn about this mosquito borne disease, and as with many other viruses transmitted by these killer creatures they can be devastating and deadly. Make sure you stay protected at all times.