Zika Virus Coming To A Town Near You!

zika virusThe Zika virus is a huge topic of worry for many of us outdoor loving types around the world. With the lack of knowledge combined with the devastating and yet to be fully understood affects of this virus it is completely understandable that many are concerned. We at Military Hunting and Fishing have compiled some important information to help dispel some of the rumors and provide you with the information that you need to keep yourself and your family safe in the outdoors this season!

Mosquito Need to Know

Zika is not the only virus or disease that mosquito’s carry of that you should be concerned about this season. The Chikungunya Virus we have reported on before is making a way around the US and is here to stay! Read more here: Chikungunya Virus The mosquito that carries chikungunya virus bites primarily during the daytime, both indoors and outdoors, and often lives around buildings in urban areas. There is no vaccine or medicine to prevent chikungunya. The only way to prevent chikungunya is to prevent mosquito bites. Preventing bites can be difficult, but it is important, as you can get sick after just one bite.

Chikungunya-Virus-Map

 

Zika Virus: The Mosquito Virus You Must Know About

A mosquito-borne illness called the Zika virus is now spreading rapidly in South and Central America, the Caribbean, and now America. It can make anyone sick for up to a week with symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. It is especially dangerous for women of childbearing age who are pregnant or considering pregnancy because it has been linked to microcephaly, a serious birth defect that causes an abnormally small head and incomplete brain development. If a homegrown mosquito bites an infected returning traveler it could pick up the virus and then pass it along to other people in the U.S. and About 80% of infected people show no signs of illness!Zika Virus Risk map

Although most Zika Virus cases in the U.S. have been from returning travelers, person to person transmission via sexual or blood contact is possible. It has also been confirmed that mosquito’s can transmit the virus from an infected person. About one in five people infected with Zika virus will develop symptoms, which include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). Other commonly reported symptoms include myalgia, headache, and pain behind the eyes. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

Brazil has reported 4,180 cases of microcephaly, and Colombia has reported Zika infections in 1,090 pregnant women. In addition, Guillain-Barré syndrome, which causes muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis, has been reported in adult patients with Zika infection. The number of cases being reported is significantly lower than the actual number of cases. Many countries do not regularly test for Zika virus. Also, once the outbreak becomes common in an area, most people will not go to the doctor or get tested for the virus. There is neither a vaccine nor medication available to prevent a Zika virus infection!

What can we do to Stop Zika?

Now that we are seeing widespread distribution of the virus that has no cure, what can we do to stop it? The answer is simple you need to take preventative steps to reduce your risk. Prevention of mosquito bights will be what we will cover in part two. With the amount of viruses like Zika and chikungunya being transmitted daily you wont want to miss these scientifically proven methods to reduce your exposure!

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About the Author:

Hi, I am Gregory Beckman, as the main owner of Military Hunting and Fishing let me tell you a little bit more about myself. I am currently an active duty member in the United States Coast Guard. I have been an active duty member for seven years and counting, traveling the world, and defending my country! My experiences have shaped the way that I see the world and my memories will stick with me for a lifetime. Although I may not live in the country, the country lives in me. Traveling the world I have had the chance to experience the wonders of nature in many different places, meeting many different people and tasting wild game that the normal person would not get to experience. Although these experiences have kept me away from home, it has instilled a deep passion of hunting and fishing in my blood. Thank you for joining our site, and I look forward to interacting and sharing stories of our hunting adventures. Gregory A. Beckman
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