The Bay State was awarded $1 Million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to use towards programs fighting the spread of the Zika Virus and protect residents from its adverse health effects. Part of a $60 Million grant, the money will be used for public health initiatives, mosquito surveillance, improved laboratory capacity and improved mosquito control.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
While we feel the Central Massachusetts area is at a low risk for Zika Virus becoming a locally transmitted disease, the timing of these funds couldn’t have been better. Just this week, the CDC has issued a travel warning in relation to the recent local outbreak of Zika Virus near Miami, Florida. While we like to think the virus has been geographically far away from us in Central America and the Caribbean, it is not far at all when you consider how short a plane ride is to the affected areas. Now with the virus being transmitted by the local mosquito population in Miami, it is even closer, and travelers are susceptible to bringing the Zika home to Central Massachusetts.
ZIKA TRANSMISSION IS A TWO-WAY STREET
If you travel for business or pleasure to any of the affected areas, it is vital that you are aware of the risks you could pose to your Central Massachusetts community. Patients with the Zika Virus often experience zero symptoms. When they come home, they can pass the virus unknowingly on to the local mosquito population for 7-10 days after infection. In assisting the world in combatting this virus that can be so devastating to pregnant mothers and their babies, avoid exposure to mosquitoes when you arrive home from your travels.
We are committed to providing you the best information for staying up-to-date on the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses in the Central Massachusetts area. Stay tuned for the latest local mosquito news. Don’t forget, to limit the population of mosquitoes on your property, follow the 5Ts of mosquito control.