If you've never heard of the Zika virus until the outbreak, you're not alone. The name of the virus originates from the Zika forest in Uganda and is where it had been isolated in 1947. In 2013, the first largest outbreak occurred in French Polynesia which spread to infect a few hundred people. There had been no outbreaks of the Zika virus up until 2015 when it appeared in Brazil. Since then, over 1 million have been infected and over 24 countries have reported the virus.
When pregnant woman contract the Zika virus they can pass it on to their fetuses which can cause microcephaly in babies where brains and skulls do not form properly. Some people may react differently when bit by a mosquito with the Zika Virus. When it is transmitted to someone, there is a 1 in 5 chance that they can become ill. One concern is that the Virus can cause Guillain-Barré which can be a deadly neurological condition. This condition causes nerve cells to be damaged resulting in muscle weakness, paralysis and possibly death. There have been increased numbers of people infected with Gillian-Barre syndrome in South America. In 2013, when the virus broke out in French Polynesia there was also an increase of reported cases of Gillian-Barre. There is a correlation however, it is not confirmed.
Zika virus is transmitted through mosquitoes one of the species is called the aedes aegypti mosquito which is found in warmer climates. It is also uncertain if the aedes albopictus mosquito can carry the virus which is a mosquito that has a more broad range and can be found in more colder climates. Right now there is no cure or treatment and a vaccine may take years to be made. The best way to prevent Zika and other related virus such as west nile, dengue and yellow fever is to avoid being bit by mosquitoes. We are here to help, learn how you can protect your territory from mosquitoes and reduce mosquito bites this year with our exterior mosquito treatment.