Mosquito season brings no urgency for money to fight Zika

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Who faces the greatest health risk from Zika? If they must travel, they should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. "This is crucial in helping people understand the issue and to better direct the public's sense of comfort and personal protection and prevention efforts". This is how Zika can be transmitted from other regions of the world to Bermuda. Presently, there have been no confirmed cases of Zika Virus Infection in Bermuda, reported to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

Ryan Quarles, the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, said the ag department has eight employees dedicated to mosquito control.

"We are not able to collect specimens for Zika testing unless we have both the order from the health care provider and the approval from the health department", he said. "It's also important (that) standing water is reduced to reduce any type of mosquito growth".

Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. For this reason, many people might not realise they have been infected. It is linked to serious birth defects in babies that harm development.

Diagnosing Zika has been tricky because the symptoms are very similar to other insect-spread viruses like dengue and chikungunya.

Those experiencing fever, rash, muscle aches, headaches, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis, should visit the nearest health facility for advice, examination, diagnosis and timely treatment.

In theory, this kind of testing is as easy to use as a home pregnancy test and costs less than a dollar per test. Researchers hope that because this test is so cheap and easy to use, it will be widely available in areas with fewer resources. More information about Zika can be obtained from the DPH Health Alerts website.

There have been three travel-related cases in MI, but none in pregnant women.

Spokespersons for the CTO and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association explained that the niche market that could be most hurt is the so-called "babymoons" (honeymoons for pregnant women).

· Pregnant women should avoid sexual contact with any man who has recently returned from areas with Zika transmission or consistently and correctly use condoms with each sexual encounter for the duration of the pregnancy.

Last month, a 70-year-old man who was infected with the Zika virus died in Puerto Rico. The duration of Zika virus being present in semen after infection is not presently known. The droplet of amplified RNA activates the freeze-dried components so that the discs change color to indicate a positive result for Zika virus.

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