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Zika Virus – found in United States

Zika Virus – found in United States!

Zika Virus Warning and window screens!  Quality window screens and sliding screen doors on windows help prevent the spread of the Zika Virus!  This disease, discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda several decades ago. Is not just a problem in Africa and Asia, but throughout the world.  Also, it’s now found in the Western Hemisphere! This includes in the United States.  Pregnant women need to be cautious because the virus can cause Microcephaly!  This severe developmental disorder disrupts the growth of an infant’s brain giving them an abnormally small head!!

Furthermore, Florida has experienced the most cases of the Zika virus in our country! California, Texas, and many parts of the east coast from New York to Virginia have reported Zika Virus Warnings. Most cases are due to people traveling to parts of the world where the virus pummels the nation.

In addition, Miami has experienced Zika cases from local vector borne transmissions. This means that they are not infected by people traveling, but instead infected by mosquitoes in the area.  Mosquitoes will be successful in spreading the virus throughout the nation.  It is unknown how fast it will spread!  It’s best to secure your windows and doors now!  Replace old torn window screens and screen doors now!!!

Why take a chance and allow these insects to find their way into your home through a bad window screens and bite you and your loved ones?  Shield your windows and doors as soon as possible!  Insects and pests never turn down an invite!!!

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Below is a copy of the statement the CDC published

The Florida Department of Health has found that Zika is being spread by mosquitoes in two areas of Miami-Dade County.  This includes the Wynwood neighborhood, and a section of the Miama Beach.

Hence, this guidance is for people who live in or traveled to the identified area of Miami Beach any time after July 14. This guidance also still applies for those who live in or traveled to the previously identified Wynwood area any time after June 15. These timeframes are based on the earliest time symptoms can start and the maximum 2-week incubation period for Zika virus.

Pregnant women and their partners

In addition, women who are pregnant should not travel to these areas.  They and their partners living in or traveling to these areas should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.  Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside. Women and men who live in or traveled to these areas and who have a pregnant sex partner should use condoms or other barriers to prevent infection every time they have sex or not have sex during the pregnancy.

Hence, if you are concerned about being exposed to Zika, postpone your travels to all parts of Miami-Dade County!  Doctors must assess for possible Zika virus exposure symptoms in all pregnant women in the United States! Each prenatal care visit should check for signs or symptoms of Zika.  Pregnant women who live in or frequently travel to these areas must be tested in the first and second trimester of pregnancy.

Those pregnant women who traveled to or had unprotected sex with a partner that traveled to or lives in these areas should talk to their healthcare provider and should be tested for Zika.

Couples thinking about getting pregnant

A woman with Zika should wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms began. Also, men with Zika should wait at least 6 months after symptoms began to try to get pregnant. Men and women who live in or frequently travel to these areas should talk to their healthcare provider.  Women and men who traveled to these areas should wait at least 8 weeks before trying to get pregnant.

Women and men of reproductive age

Effective contraception to prevent pregnancy in women and their partners who want to delay or prevent pregnancy is a key prevention strategy for Zika.

For questions on mosquito control in Florida – Zika Virus Warning!

Florida health officials can answer questions on their mosquito control program.  Aerial treatment of areas with pesticides reduce the number of young and adult zika carrying mosquitoes.  Repeated aerial applications of insecticide has reduced mosquito populations as a part of an integrated vector management program.

Update September 1, 2016

Zika Virus in local mosquitos

Zika Virus in local mosquitos. Disease carrying mosquitos.

Zika Virus in local mosquitos.  Florida officials for the first time have detected the Zika virus in local mosquitos! Although local cases of the virus in humans were reported in Florida last month, this is the first time that mosquitos were detected.  The mosquitos under surveillance by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were to be carrying the dangerous virus.

Trapped insects

The insects were trapped in the same 1.5-mile area of Miami Beach.  The same area where the human cases of the Zika virus were reported.  The media speculated that local mosquitos were responsible.  Most cases where travelling to Zika infested countries outside of the United States is blamed.

Zika virus is a real threat

This means that mosquito to human transfer of the Zika virus is a real threat. Some people on social media on Facebook have accused the government and the news media of being paranoid about the situation.  Now there is proof that there the Zika virus in local mosquitos is real.  As well as the fact that they are now finding infected mosquitos inside of the country means there is now a real concern!  Zika is a threat to pregnant mothers as the virus causing serious birth defects to unborn children!


The government is doing all that they can to keep surveillance on mosquitos through traps.  For instance, this new report by the FDACS states that 40,000 mosquitos were tested in the Miami Beach area.  Also, while that seems like an impressive number, that’s only a small fraction of the mosquito population. Government officials can only do so much!  Which is why we should also take responsibility in ways to protect ourselves from this threat.

Local problem

I know some people will dismiss all of this by telling themselves that this is just a Florida problem.  As a species that is over 100 million years old, mosquitos know how to breed and travel.  As tiny as they are, they’re considered a dangerous insect due to their ability to carry and spread diseases.  Both among animals and humans through their bites.

Zika is just one of many diseases.  There is also the West Nile virus that you constantly hear about in the news. In other words, this can easily go from being a Florida problem to a problem near you and your home – wherever you may reside.

Window Screens and Screen Doors

Screening the windows in your home is one of the most effective ways to combat getting bites. Sure there is always a risk when you’re out and about in areas like lakes, rivers, and standing water. These pests are also on the prowl at night looking for blood while you’re asleep at night.

I myself have woken up to scratching a bite received overnight from a mosquito that made its way into the house. They can get in many ways but often a torn or old screen.  Even windows with no screens at all – are to blame.  Screens are very affordable!  If you spot a window in your home with an old or torn screen.  Then get a replacement right away from Best Custom Screes.  We are here to shield your windows and doors!

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