Last year, the World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus had reached epidemic levels and become a global emergency. As a result, many people began upping their mosquito protection and avoiding Zika-infected countries. However, with so much happening in the political world lately, news of the Zika virus has somewhat fallen off the radar. This has caused many people to forget about the virus and assume it isn’t a problem anymore. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Zika is still a serious threat in Texas.
The Zika Virus: A Danger to Pregnant Women
Zika is primarily spread by mosquitoes. It can also be spread through sexual contact. The disease usually presents mild symptoms, and some carriers don’t have any symptoms at all, which makes it even more dangerous. Zika’s greatest threat to humans is its ability to cause severe birth defects after a pregnant woman is infected.
Since many of these women don’t have severe symptoms, they aren’t even aware that their developing fetus is suffering. Zika-infected babies are often born with microcephaly, a condition that causes the skull to shrink and leaves the victim with lifelong health consequences. The virus has also been linked to Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a disease that causes the autoimmune system to attack its own nerves. For this reason, it’s particularly important for pregnant women to avoid mosquito bites that could spread the Zika virus. Mosquito repellent is helpful, but nothing beats simply avoiding mosquito-infested areas. If that isn’t a possibility, professional mosquito protection is a good option.
A Local Problem: Zika in Brownsville, Texas
In mid-December, the CDC warned pregnant women not to travel to Brownsville, the city near the Mexican border at the southern tip of the state. Five cases of Zika were discovered in the area, which is only five hours south of Houston. This means that residents in the Houston area should be vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquitos and reducing the spread of this dangerous virus.
MosquitoNix: Effective Protection Against Zika
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