Give the Gift of Zika Knowledge this Christmas first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
The mosquito borne Zika virus has now been reported in Texas, making it the second state subject to local transmission. The aedes aegypti is a common mosquito found in this part of the the Continental United States and is the culprit of carrying this disease harmful to unborn babies.
Texas health officials on Monday reported the state’s first case of Zika likely spread by local mosquitoes, making Texas the second state within the continental United States to report local transmission of the virus that has been linked to birth defects. The case involved a woman living in Cameron County near the Mexico border who is not pregnant, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.
We know it’s that time of year, when you want to be focused on the holiday season and not worrying about those creepy crawly and buzzing, nuisance pests. It’s a time for looking after your family and your friends and even doing a little voluntary work. Residents in Gaithersburg, MD are no stranger to generosity and have been labelled to be part of one of the most generous states. We wonder if with all the good work they do, they wouldn’t mind sharing some mosquito control awareness with their community to their list.
Georgia so far has escaped the type of Zika threat faced by Florida, which has been the epicenter of the virus in the continental United States.However, public health officials say Zika will still pose problems in Georgia in coming years. And they note that some pregnant women in Georgia are infected with the virus, meaning they could give birth to babies with health problems.
The secret to combating these pests is awareness, because awareness encourages protection and prevention. If you want to be generous with your gifts this Christmas, then give the gift of knowledge. The knowledge of staying safe from mosquitoes.