The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced Thursday that it is investigating two suspected cases of the Zika virus in people who had recently traveled to a Caribbean country. Louisiana is the 17th state to report travel-acquired Zika so far, according to the CDC.
This little-known virus that is spread by mosquitoes is causing one of the most alarming health crisis in years, causing the World Health Organization to declare Zika a public health emergency of international concern on Feb. 1, 2016. This virus is spread by 2 types of mosquitoes: Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, both of which are found right here in South Louisiana.
Officials in Brazil have reported thousands of cases of brain damage, in which babies are born with unusually small heads, also called microcephaly (my-kroh-SEF-uh-lee), a rare, incurable condition for infants.
No one knows precisely when the Zika virus made the leap to Brazil from its place of origin in Africa. Some researchers think it could have arrived during the 2014 World Cup, when Brazil welcomed travelers from around the globe. Others think the virus may have come during a canoe race weeks later, when paddlers from French Polynesia, the site of a recent Zika outbreak, arrived in Rio de Janeiro.
Minimizing Your Exposure to Zika
Louisiana has a fairly poor track record when it comes to mosquito borne diseases as evidence by the West Nile outbreak of the last few years.
Given our climate and natural surroundings, there is a good chance that Zika becomes a problem around metro New Orleans.
There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of your exposure to the Zika virus and to protect yourself and your loved ones.
First, it’s important to identify areas in your yard where mosquitoes breed including wet spots, damp areas and standing water. Technicians from Fischer Environmental will help you identify those areas and put remedies in place which will help prevfent them from recurring.
Second, we recommend creating a mosquito barrier around your home with our mosquito control service. While Louisiana parishes and cities spray roads and ditches, it’s best for each homeowner to treat their own property especially within the nearest 10 feet of the home.
The products we use are recommended for use around people, pets and plants with confidence. The larvicide product will not harm pets or birds, as it is specifically targeted toward mosquitoes.
Contact Fischer Environmental Services today if you want to protect your home from mosquitoes!
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