In short - yes!
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
Most of the people in the U.S. affected by the Zika virus have contracted the virus by traveling to South American and Central American countries. This virus is predominately being spread by mosquitoes. Human cases have been reported in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Texas. The latest case in Texas shows that it is not even necessary for mosquitoes to bite a human in order for this terrible disease to spread.
WHY IS IT SERIOUS?
Zika virus is considered a global health emergency at this point. What we know about the virus so far is that it’s a mild, short-lasting virus. Some people can have the virus and not even realize it, or not get very sick at all. What’s difficult about some of the Zika virus symptoms is that they can seem like another virus or illness but is also linked to an alarming spike in babies born with abnormally small heads. There are number of countries recommending their pregnant women not to travel to countries with reported virus issues. There are currently no approved vaccines or medicine to help combat this pathogen.
COULD ZIKA VIRUS APPEAR IN MARYLAND?
We can't speculate on the virus and it's potential to spread but it is important to know that this virus can be spread by both Aedes aegypti and the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) commonly found in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP PREVENT THIS VIRUS?
Pest Czar is monitoring the situation closely and will try to help educate the public about mosquito prevention, mosquito protection and mosquito treatment. Here are some basic things you can do to minimize mosquito exposure and help battle this major world disease outbreak: