You Can Be A Mosquito Hunter Too! first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
The need for funds is ever increasing to assist for the fight against mosquitoes and in particular the recent threat of the Zika virus. Efforts are being made to protect the public with the use of sprays, however, is there enough funding from the government to keep going? Here’s how Houston’s ‘mosquito hunters’ are putting up a fight against this debilitating virus.
Zika causes mild symptoms, if patients show any at all. The virus was largely ignored after its identification in 1947. It wasn’t until more than a million Brazilians were infected that the worst impacts of the disease showed themselves. Now, Zika is believed to cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect that leaves children with abnormally small heads. In some people, it appears to cause the neurological muscle paralysis syndrome Guillain-Barré.
Residents all over the United States are being urged to make sure that their mosquito control is up to date. Making individual contributions may not seem such a lot against what some of us fear, a losing battle, but believe us when we say that every preventative step taken helps us take a step forward. We can’t wait for Congress to come to a decision.
If a mosquito bites an infected person and then bites other people, that mosquito could spread the virus in a cycle called local transmission. If a mosquito in Austin bites an infected person and then bites other people, that mosquito could spread the virus in a cycle called local transmission, said Phil Huang, medical director and health authority for Austin/Travis, Texas County Health and Human Services.
It just takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a lifetime of misery, so please, please act now and make sure that you take all precautions necessary. You can be a mosquito hunter too!