Zika Virus is no longer considered a global health emergency according to the World Health Organisation in Late-November 2016 because the virus is a dangerous mosquito-borne disease and should now be viewed as an ongoing threat.
Dr. Peter Salama, executive director of the World Health Organisation’s emergency program states “We are not downgrading the importance of Zika… We are sending the message that Zika is here to stay and the World Health Organisation response is here to stay.”
Some experts are worried that the World Health Organisation’s Zika Virus declaration might hinder the international action to a disease which is still prominent and active. The full extent of the disease is still unknown as many infected babies have yet to be born.
What do we know about Zika?
There is no vaccine to cure or prevent Zika Virus
You can prevent Zika Virus by avoiding mosquito bites
Mosquitoes that carry and spread Zika Virus also carry Dengue and Chikungunya Viruses
Zika Virus can be transmitted through sex, and using a condom can reduce risk
What does this mean for me?
This means you need to be proactive in preventing exposure to Zika Virus.
Protect yourself and others:
Prevent Mosquito Bites:
- Zika Virus is spread to people mostly through the bite of an infected mosquito
- Mosquitoes that spread Zika usually bite during the way, but can ALSO bite at night time
- The best prevention is prevention from mosquito bites
Plan for Travel:
- Check travel notices
- Protect yourself during sex
- Stay in air conditioned areas free of mosquitoes
- Sleep under mosquito nets
Mosquito Control at Home:
- Remove stagnate water
- Install window and door screens
- Use insect repellent
- Clean up rubbish, containers and tires that can hold water
- Install a Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap
Although Zika Virus is now not a global health emergency, it is an ongoing crisis and with the Southern Hemisphere in Summer, its effect there is not yet known. Like all mosquito-borne diseases, Zika Virus is seasonal and could potentially return when the mosquitoes do.
If you have any questions about Zika or how a Mega-Catch Trap can make your house safer, please do not hesitate to email us - firstname.lastname@example.org
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