Montgomery County Issues Safety Advisory for Zika Virus

Mosquito causing zika virusThe previous summer mosquito season in Maryland prompted the Department of Health and Human Services in Montgomery County to issue a safety warning against the Zika virus.

For this reason, residents should keep their homes free from breeding spots, according to Cindy Edwards, senior administrator for the department’s Communicable Disease and Epidemiology unit.

Preventive Steps

Uncle Skeeter’s Roofing, Siding & Gutters explains that some ways to get rid of breeding places for mosquitoes include the removal of standing water, cleaning down-spouts, and gutter repair. Maryland residents should also avoid visiting places that are currently affected by the virus. The county government said that these places include some parts of Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The reported cases of Zika virus in the state have been the result of people who came back from the affected areas. Some people would not experience noticeable symptoms of the virus, although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided some common signs.

Zika Symptoms

Common symptoms of Zika-affected people comprise fever, rash, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and muscle pain. The CDC said that these conditions, which are similar to dengue and chikungunya, might last up to a week. You should visit a doctor as soon as you develop the symptoms, as many people are unaware that they have been infected with the virus.

Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes spread the Zika virus and it causes birth defects, which is why pregnant women should be extra conscious about any insect bite. Even if you are not pregnant, the virus can be transferred through unprotected sex or blood contact.

Mosquito bites should not be taken lightly since one small bite can cause a tremendous health problem. Unless it is necessary, you should avoid traveling to infected areas. Consult a doctor immediately if you experience any or all of the symptoms.