What Is Zika Virus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked the spread of the Zika Virus (Zika) to the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. There is currently no vaccine or medication for Zika and infection during pregnancy can cause birth defects.  While Zika is currently limited to the Southeast, CDC is bracing for a possible nationwide spread of the virus. Here are 5 things you need to know.

Protect Yourself Against Zika – Top 5 Things

  1. While it seems obvious, the best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. To do that,
    • Stay in places with air conditioning or window screens and screen doors
    • Use an approved insect repellent
    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
    • Remove standing water around your house
  2. Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes but also through sexual transmission from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.
  3. Zika is linked to birth defects. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development.
  4. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.
  5. Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites. During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

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To reduce your chances of being bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus and other mosquito-spread diseases, take steps to control the entrance of mosquitoes into your home. Casper retractable window and door screens are custom fit to ensure a tight fit with no gaps. Casper Disappearing Screens let the air in and keep the bugs out, including mosquitoes!

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