Due to risk of infection with Zika and West Nile virus, the Department of Public Health in California issued a warning to all inhabitants. They are advised to remove all standing water around their homes, as they might attract mosquitoes carrying the deadly viruses.
Officials are concerned that Zika and West Nile might make more victims. Now that the rainy season is almost over, temperatures and rising, and this allows for an increase in the mosquito populations. They breed extremely quickly, and can thrive even in small puddles of water.
Californians are urged to eliminate standing water from their yards
Therefore, all people living in California are advised to keep water under control around their houses. More precisely, they should supervise containers, bird baths, potted plants, and pet dishes. As soon as the water starts collecting, it represents a mosquito hazard and can attract infected populations.
Therefore, people should always remove standing water from such recipients. Also, if they see unusually high numbers of mosquitoes gathering in such areas, they should report to the closest vector control agency and have them removed.
Zika and West Nile are dangerous infections which might prove lethal
Certain people should be more careful with mosquito bites. These categories include pregnant women or couples who are planning to have a child. If the mother becomes infected, she might suffer a miscarriage, give birth prematurely, or have a baby with birth defects.
Also, everybody should keep in mind that mosquito bites do not represent the only way to transmit the disease. You might get infected with Zika or West Nile through unprotected sexual intercourse, too. Among the Zika symptoms, there are red eyes, rash, swollen joints, or fever, but many people might not exhibit any symptoms.
The West Nile virus can be more dangerous, as it might be deadly to older or weaker people. Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, rash, or swollen lymph glands. People should always protect themselves from mosquito bites, wear protection during sex, and go to a doctor if they experience any symptoms.
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