Zika virus is rapidly spreading across Florida. On Monday, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have issued an unparalleled travel warning. The warning advises pregnant women and their partners to avoid travelling to a small community near Miami where the Zika virus is spreading rapidly.
Zika virus is serious and life threatening. The CDC has warned people for the first time in history to avoid movement in the infectious area due to severe health consequences. The warning came as a result after 10 more people in Florida were found to be infected with the Zika virus. Zika virus in Florida is rapidly spreading due to being bitten by the local mosquitos. This reports to a total of 14 cases so far.
New cases are being unveiled by going door-to-door and conducting a survey of 200 individuals in their homes or offices. These individuals are being tested by collecting samples of blood and urine. The samples are then tested to see if the virus is present or not. Just last week, the state officials in Florida confirmed that there were 4 people who got the Zika virus from mosquitos in the same 150 square meter area. This means that the virus is real and is present in that area.
Over 40 million travelers circulate around which makes it an epidemic. For those who travel in that area should use insect repellent for a minimum of 3 weeks after they return from the infectious area.
Precautions must be taken to ensure the virus does not spread any further. The CDC suggests the following:
• All pregnant women living in the infectious area should be tested for the Zika virus.
• Pregnant women should use insect repellent along with sexual protection as to remain protected.
With diseases such as the Zika virus, one must take it seriously and use all measures necessary as to avoid any infection. You must take care of your health and realize that there are people depending upon you and need you. Take proper corrective measures and avoid having windows open which could potentially welcome mosquitos to bring in the virus at home.
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