The Zika has been all over the news as of late and as we approach the mosquito season here in the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC area people are naturally concerned. NuLeaf Lawn Care an expert in the control mosquitos via natural and organic options have but a few facts together below to help better understand the impact in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya (http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/index.html) viruses. Currently these mosquitos have not made it as far north as Virginia so the likelihood of transmission from a bite right now is almost zero.
- These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. They prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people.
- Mosquitoes that spread chikungunya, dengue, and Zika are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
- Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.
Where has Zika virus been found?
- Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
- In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infections in Brazil.
- Currently, outbreaks are occurring in many countries.
- Zika virus will continue to spread and it will be difficult to determine how the virus will spread over time.
Zika in the United States and its territories:
- No locally transmitted Zika cases have been reported in the continental United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers.
- Locally transmitted Zika virus has been reported in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and America Samoa.
- With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase.
- These imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States.
Please Visit the CDC’s website for more great information and updates on the virus outbreak. Even though Zika has not made it to Northern Virginia there are still mosquito borne illness which do pose a threat. Please Contact NuLeaf today to get more information on our all natural and organic mosquito control services.