By now, you may or may not have heard about the Zika Virus. Headlines of numerous cases of the Zika Virus have been popping up at a high frequency and it’s something to take a note of. This new virus is a rapidly spreading virus primarily transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti Mosquito. Recent outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. This virus is new and at this point there are many unknowns including when and if a vaccine will be produced. It’s important to be cautious, well informed and up-to-date with the development of this story.
If your home or property has been prone to mosquitoes in the past, here are some helpful tips to avoid mosquitoes:
- Remove any stagnant water from the property or add a small amount of dish soap to the still water. This will limit breeding grounds and larvae from breaking the water surface.
- Keep gutters maintained and cleaned so they do not become a breeding zone.
- Cover up with long sleeves and pants.
- Apply EPA approved mosquito repellant.
- Use a mosquito net over the your bed if necessary.
If you are thinking about travelling to any of the virus-affected areas make sure to educate yourself prior your trip. Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada for more details.