Known for being spread by mosquitoes, the Zika virus thrives in a time of heavy rains. As it was announced by the Texas Department of State Health services, two cases of Zika have been confirmed in Williamson County. According to officials, in both situations patients contracted the disease while traveling.
Heavy rain and stagnant water increase the risk of new Zika infections
The risk of contacting Zika grows significantly after the rain, when stagnant water creates a perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes. In order to lower the number of these insects in areas inhabited by humans, it is important to make sure that every object that could accumulate water is cleaned out or tossed out.
When it comes to the local government, its main task is to control the population of mosquitoes. With a growing number of Zika-spreading insects, some cities in Texas have decided to expand their spray schedules.
How to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito?
Proactive work is crucial when trying to keep mosquitoes away. We always need to check if there are any holes in the screen doors, which could allow the insects to enter the house. In case we go outside with babies, mosquito nets can help protect their cribs and strollers.
As for repellants, 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus is said to be the most effective and safest out there. Once applied, it lasts about six hours, extracting mosquitoes and preventing any insect-borne diseases.
The symptoms of the Zika virus
Zika virus is mainly known for its disastrous effect on unborn children, but it can be dangerous even for adults. The first symptoms can appear just a few days after a mosquito bite. Some of the early signs of the Zika virus include: fever, neck stiffness, strong headaches, confusion, rash and red eyes.