Beyond Allergy – Zika Virus – a prevailing threat
Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS.
Zika virus threat seems to be closer to home than we anticipated with new cases being reported in Florida. Threat of difficulty to control mosquitoes that carry the virus is even more with the enormous flooding in recent days in Louisiana. All physicians need to participate in spreading the information provided by CDC to their patients so that everyone can implement “baby steps” to protect from the infection as well as the spread of the virus.
Zika virus is spread by a type of mosquito called Aedes aegypti. Center for Disease Control(CDC) informs that “different mosquitoes spread different viruses and bite at different times of the day”.
CDC informs us that these mosquitoes spreading Zika virus bite primarily during the daytime, but can also bite at night.
CDC recommends using insect repellents to reduce the chance of getting bitten, in addition to use of protective clothing.
The following brand names are published by CDC for information of our patients. These include: Off, Cutter, Sawyer, Ultrathon, Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug, Guard Plus, Repel, and SkinSmart.
Authorities in USA use aerial spratying regularly to control mosquitoes. However, it is not easy to control these moqquitoes as
“aegypti eggs are capable of surviving adverse conditions, such as dry or cold weather, as well as vector elimination efforts, including insecticide spraying .. efforts to eliminate Zika virus in a region will be more difficult than removing the adult vectors” (researcher Dave Muoio). “Spraying affects adults, but it does not usually kill the immature forms — the eggs and larvae. Spraying will reduce transmission, but it may not eliminate the virus.” the research reports states.
All of us need to be informed, vigilant, and takes measures to protect our families!
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Beyond Allergy – Insect Repellents and Protection against Zika Virus
Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS
To protect against mosquito bites is the most important step in preventing Zika Virus infection and consequent medical conditions. Zika virus is spread by a type of mosquito called Aedes aegypti. Center for Disease Control (CDC) informs that “different mosquitoes spread different viruses and bite at different times of the day”.
Aedes aegypti bite primarily during the daytime, but can also bite at night.
Insect repellents are the best source of protection to reduce the chance of getting bitten, in addition to use of protective clothing.
The following brand names are published by CDC:
- Cutter Advanced
- Skin So Soft Bug
- Guard Plus
Authorities in USA use aerial spraying regularly to control mosquitoes. However, it is not easy to control these mosquitoes.
CDC cautions that the effectiveness of natural insect repellents not registered with EPA are is not established. CDC suggest the following as the best practices
- Always follow the product label instructions
- Reapply insect repellents every few hours, depending on which product or strength you choose.
- Do not spray repellents on the skin under clothing
- If you are using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellents second.
- Use EPA registered insect repellent.
Takes measures to protect our families from Zika Virus