Zika virus information, protection updated

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Army Environmental Command

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Nearly every state is reporting cases of the Zika virus; only Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming and Alaska have not reported it.

As of  Aug.10, there are 69 confirmed Zika virus cases in Military Health System beneficiaries, including 52 service members, nine dependents and eight retirees. There is one confirmed case in a pregnant service member.

The majority of cases of Zika in the U.S. have been travel-related.
Between July 29 and Aug. 10, Florida health officials have reported 21 Zika cases, including at least four probable cases and one pregnant woman, which were likely acquired through local mosquito transmission in a one-square mile area of Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown Miami.

Only about one in five people who have Zika show symptoms. You may have Zika and not know it. Even those with symptoms do not usually get sick enough to go to the hospital.

The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and pink eye (conjunctivitis). These symptoms can last several days to a week and are typically mild.

See your health care provider if you develop any symptoms or have additional questions.

The best way to protect you and your family from the Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites (see attached information). Eliminate mosquito breeding sites, such as pots, toys and other containers that can hold water. Use insect repellent when outdoors and use screens to keep mosquitos from coming indoors.

Pregnant women and those who could become pregnant, as well as their partners, should not travel to any area known to have active ongoing Zika transmission. If you have recently traveled to an area active for Zika, you should talk with your health care provider about Zika virus testing.

Zika may cause serious birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy. Men with Zika can spread the virus to their partners during sex. Even if you show no symptoms, use condoms every time you engage in sexual activity. Abstinence is the only way to ensure you do not get sexually transmitted diseases like Zika.

Though Army pest managers are aggressively implementing control measures, the Aedes aegytpi, which is the mosquito species most capable of spreading Zika, is difficult to control.  They tend to live and breed near covered structures and stay near humans, so aerial spraying is not very effective.

The best way to prevent Zika is to avoid contact with mosquitoes by remaining indoors in air-conditioned locations, wear long-sleeved protective clothing, apply effective mosquito repellant, and eliminate/avoid ANY standing water.

More Online
To see a list and map of areas reporting active mosquito transmission of Zika virus, visit the CDC website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.
For more information about the Zika virus, visit these sites, too:

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