How Does Zika Virus Spread?

mosquito-1465062_1920As if mosquito’s weren’t nuisance enough in late spring and through the summer season, we must now contend with the risk of contracting the Zika virus. Protection is key, especially for children and pregnant women, to prevent being bitten, as well as preventing the spread of the disease.

In our previous post, Facts about the Zika Virus, we discussed the threat of the virus, symptoms and prevention. Now let’s discuss how the disease spreads.

Mosquitoes can carry Zika from person to person. If a pregnant woman is infected, the Zika virus can be transmitted to her baby while she is pregnant or around the time of birth. Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite both indoors and outdoors, mostly during the daytime.

As the weather becomes warmer, more mosquito’s will circulate. Some of the mosquito’s can be infected with the Zika virus. It is imperative to protect yourself using bug sprays and repellents containing DEET (20% to 30% concentration is best, according to the CDC), picaridin, oil-of-lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane–diol or IR3535.

However, being bitten from an infected mosquito isn’t the only way to contract the virus. The virus can also be sexually transmitted, including through oral sex, which can be very dangerous for pregnant women, or those trying to become pregnant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still is reviewing data on whether the virus can be transmitted through saliva and urine.

The best way to prevent becoming infected with the Zika virus is to wear long sleeves and pants, or clothes treated in permethrin, when necessary, use insect repellent and sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms.

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