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Zika Virus, Not A No Fly Zone

 

It goes without saying that one of the main health topics in the news today is the Zika virus. Sergio Cortes points out this is especially important to those women who are pregnant or may become pregnant in the near future. It is important to note how the virus is spread and what can one do to help prevent the virus from infecting you and your loved ones.

First of all, the virus is spread by a very small mosquito called Aedes aegypti, or yellow fever mosquito and has killed thousands of humans over the past several decades. The insect itself is very small and has a very short flight radius. Over the years however they have become increasingly aware of how easy it is to find and infect humans which are their primary targets.

One of the most dangerous aspects of this tiny marauder is its ability to breed anywhere there is even the most miniscule amount of water. As many as 500 larvae have been discovered to be living in the folds of a drain spot or in the top of a small soda can.

There are a number of things that can be done to help prevent the varmint from moving in with you. Of course all standing water even the most miniscule of amounts should be dealt with immediately. They like to bite below the knees so wearing long pants can be a great help.

There are many other actions you can take and remedies you can employ to help you avoid the sting of the yellow fever mosquito.