What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika virus is something that most people will have heard of, even if they don’t completely understand what it is.
Here at Pestrol, the prevalence of such a virus causes us great concern as the impact it could potentially have on the people in the UK and our own families cannot be ignored.
We hope the following questions help our customers have a better understanding of not only the Zika virus but it’s ramifications.
What is the Zika Virus?
The Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalisation is uncommon.
The side effects for pregnant women however are much more detrimental. The current outbreak in Brazil has led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.
Why is it dangerous?
With any mosquito borne virus it can be easily spread particularly in less developed nations where standards of clean water and environment are not as common as they are here in UK.
The virus not only can make infected people incredibly ill, however as stated before the effect on pregnant women infected can be detrimental.
What is the UK Government saying about the virus?
At this time there have been no reported cases of the virus in the UK. However there has been one reported case in Ireland. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described it as having potentially “explosive pandemic potential” and the authority has declared a global public health emergency on 1 February. The UK government is advising women who are pregnant (in any trimester) or who plan to become pregnant to consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
The government has advised travelers to do the following and by doing the following in your own home, you are sure to keep your family protected.
- Apply insect repellent and wear light-coloured clothes to prevent bites.
- Use screens or close doors and windows in houses, and use mosquito nets or traps for sleeping.
- Don’t leave containers that hold at hold water (such as buckets, pots) lying about. (This is how the infected mosquito breeds).
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants and use mosquito repellent.
- Use pyrethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
How we can help you.
Here at Pestrol we sell a range of mosquito repellent products and traps to help you keep you and your family safe.
Mosi Guard: Mosquito Repellent, available in roll on and spray.
The Repello: Available in a mini and large size. Portable mosquito repeller perfect for all occasions. USB rechargeable.
Repellent Clothing: A range of clothing treated with repellent and UV protected. A range for men and women.
Solar Mosquito Zapper: Portable and perfect for indoors and outdoors. Will kills mosquitoes and covers a quarter of an acre. Use with solar power or power adaptor.
The Exterminator: Outdoor mosquito trap that helps breaks the mosquito’s breeding cycle. Covers half an acre of land.