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Researchers Believe That A Little Known Mosquito-Borne Virus May Become The Next Zika

Researchers Believe That A Little Known Mosquito-Borne Virus May Become The Next Zika


Most people can name several different mosquito-borne diseases. The most well known mosquito-borne diseases include the Zika virus, the West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever and maybe the chikungunya virus. Although these diseases have historically been given the most attention on account of the epidemics that have occured in the past, these are far from being the only mosquito-borne diseases that have been documented throughout history. An eight year old Haitian boy has recently contracted a rare mosquito-borne disease that some experts think may become all too common in the future. This disease is known as the Mayaro virus.


The Mayaro virus was first discovered and documented in 1954 in Trinidad. This mosquito-borne virus was discovered after several forest-workers in Trinidad fell ill from the virus. Since then, the Mayaro virus has not gone on to infect large populations, and the virus could be considered quite rare. However, South America has seen a few Mayaro outbreaks since 1954. The virus has infected people living near the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The virus is spread by a tree-dwelling mosquito species that typically feeds on monkey blood-meals. A new study suggests that this virus may currently be underdiagnosed, and it could become more prevalent in the future.


The Mayaro virus is a close relative of the chikungunya virus and its symptomology is largely the same. Mayaro causes fever, joint pain and muscle pain that can be acute and can last for weeks. In addition to this unpleasant symptom, Mayaro symptoms are similar to those of the flu. Typically, Mayaro disease is not a concern to public health professionals. However, this has changed after a boy living in the Caribbean became infected with Mayaro. American medical researchers detected the mosquito-borne disease in the boy after he was wrongly diagnosed with typhoid fever. Public health experts are now on the lookout for the Mayaro virus, and the researchers confirmed that the virus is currently circulating among Caribbean islands.


Do you think that if another mosquito-borne disease epidemic occurs, the disease will be a rare and largely unknown one, like Zika was?



Deadly Mosquitoes May Have Infiltrated The UK Through A Train Tunnel

Deadly Mosquitoes May Have Infiltrated The UK Through A Train Tunnel


Here in America the aedes aegypti mosquito poses the greatest threat of disease to the country’s population. The recent Zika outbreaks in America were caused almost exclusively by this particular mosquito species. These mosquitoes often carry dengue fever and chikungunya in addition to Zika. However, the aedes aegypti mosquito is not the only Zika carrying mosquito that poses a public health threat in certain regions of the globe. Another potentially deadly mosquito species is commonly referred to as the Asian tiger mosquito. This mosquito species is native to eastern Asia, and it is officially referred to as Aedes albopictus. Despite the fact that these mosquitoes are native to Asia, countries in Europe have been seeing deaths resulting from this mosquitos’ invasive presence on the continent. How the mosquitoes accessed Europe in such great numbers cannot be determined with certainty. But many government officials believe that Asian tiger mosquitoes infiltrated regions as far north as Britain by accessing train tunnels.


Not long ago officials with the government agency known as Public Health England destroyed tiger mosquito eggs that were present in shipping containers. These containers were seized at an international truck stop in Ashford, England. This particular occasion had marked the second time in a year that tiger mosquitoes were discovered in the country.


The Asian tiger mosquito is well known for being the primary vector for the spread of chikungunya. Tiger mosquitoes cause over one million cases of chikungunya every year. Chikungunya has no cure and it causes painful flu-like symptoms in sufferers. These symptoms include headache, nausea, joint pain and rashes.


This is not the first time that tiger mosquitoes have been found in Europe. A decade ago Italy struggled with a nationwide tiger mosquito epidemic. In 2014 France announced that two citizens had contacted chikungunya. Tiger mosquito larvae can enter foreign countries easily in shipping containers, as they can survive for months in relatively harsh conditions. The mosquitoes arrived in Europe as grubs in tire shipments a few years ago. The grubs are well suited for surviving in wet pockets in rubber tires. Public health officials are now monitoring the Euroway tunnel for signs of a tiger mosquito presence after experts determined that the tunnel was a likely invasion route.


Do you believe that the Asian tiger mosquito problem in Europe will only get worse in accordance with increasing climate change?

Officials In Florida Seem Much Less Concerned About Possible Zika Outbreaks

Officials In Florida Seem Much Less Concerned About Possible Zika Outbreaks


Although the Zika virus no longer seems to worry most people living in areas where outbreaks had occured in the past, many people are nevertheless curious about possible future outbreaks. Even if outbreaks of Zika do return in the future, many Americans and other people around the world are now well educated regarding Zika prevention methods. But is the disease gone for good? Does it still infect people living in isolated regions of the world where medical services are nearly non-existent? What is the likelihood of Zika returning to the United States? Whether the Zika virus is a concern to you or not, these are questions that many people are anxious to have answered. Researchers and public health officials cannot accurately predict the chances of future Zika outbreaks. Luckily, researchers are making significant progress towards the development of an effective Zika vaccine. But this is the only Zika related news we are hearing about lately. However, it may make some Americans feel better to know that officials in the state of Florida do not seem too concerned about future outbreaks occurring within the state. As you can all remember, many residents of Florida became directly infected with Zika from disease carrying mosquitoes. Last year in Florida the Zika virus was a serious enough concern to prompt multiple mosquito eradication programs, and public health officials were actively spreading Zika prevention tips to residents. A Zika hotline was also established for residents with questions concerning the virus. A few days ago, the Zika hotline was shut down in response to the dramatic drop in Zika infection rates in the state.


According to Alison Hewitt with the Duval County Health Department, Zika infection rates are so low that there is no reason for the Zika hotline to continue operating in Florida. Hewitt announced the discontinuation of the Zika hotline during a Jacksonville City Council committee meeting last Tuesday. Hewitt explained that public health officials in the state were successful at decreasing Zika infection rates. In addition to that, a surprising amount of Florida residents complied with the order to remove standing water from their properties. Some politicians in the state enacted laws requiring businesses to remove standing water from their premises. During the 2016 year three hundred Zika cases were transmitted within the state. This does not include travel related Zika cases in Florida. Amazingly, 2017 has seen only two Zika cases transmitted within the state. This decrease in Zika infection rates is welcome news to residents of Florida and the rest of America.


Did you even hear about Zika infections occurring within US borders during 2017?




Mosquito spread Zika Virus

The Zika virus is spreading very fast in Central and South America. A second case has been confirmed in Houston. It is thought that it can not be spread from person to person. Only being spread by mosquitos. There is a high level of concern that it could spread throughout Texas. Most people that are exposed to the virus only have mild symptoms. The big concern is for pregnant women. There have been cases that the baby is born with small or deformed heads. Most cases of the Zika virus have been in Latin America and the Caribbean. There is currently no vaccine. For more information on protecting your family and property from mosquitos contact Sureguard Termite & Pest Services about mosquito control.

Zika Virus Confirmed in Tarrant County

mosquito    On thursday the Tarrant County Public Health Department confirmed the first case of the imported Zika Virus in the county. The person infected had travelled to a Carribean country. There are not been any cases confirmed to be transmitted by mosquitoes in Texas.

The Zika virus is typically spread when an infected mosquito bites a human. It is very dangerous to pregnant women. The most common symptoms of the Zika Virus are red eyes, fever, rash and joint pains. The illness usually lasts for several days up to 2 weeks.

Treatment is limited since there are currently no vaccine available.  Prevention is your best treatment for the Zika virus, avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. They are more active during the early morning and later in the evening.