The Zika virus has been making headlines all over the world, and many South Florida residents are rightly concerned about it. Indeed, Florida’s health officials are preparing for a potential Zika outbreak. Making matters worse, at this time, there isn’t a vaccine to prevent it.
This microbe causes Zika virus disease, which usually involves headaches, pains in the joints, and other mild conditions. However, the virus is a major danger for pregnant women as it’s been linked to miscarriages and serious birth defects.
You can get this virus from a mosquito bite. Of course, mosquitoes are especially problematic in South Florida. In fact, of all the states in the U.S., Florida is home to the most mosquito species.
There’s also some evidence to suggest that the Zika virus can be spread through sexual activity.
With these points in mind, the following five tips should help you to avoid this vexing health problem.
1. Spray Yourself
An insect repellent with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration number should be effective at keeping mosquitoes away.
2. Permethrin Is In
Use permethrin to treat your clothes. This handy chemical will repel and kill mosquitoes.
3. Hire Pros
A reputable pest control company can rid your home of mosquitoes quickly and efficiently.
4. Travel with Care
Try to avoid going to any region where the Zika virus has a strong presence. You can check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, which provides travel alerts.
5. In Terms of Romance, Be Cautious
Before you get intimate with someone, it’s wise for the two of you to get tested for this virus and other communicable diseases.