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Zika Virus in Indonesia: Increase your vigilance & protection
There are 56 Zika cases have been reported in Singapore, and since January 2016 until today, there are total 11,110 Zika cases all over the world. Health Minister of Indonesia, Nila Moeloek said that until today none of Zika virus has been found in Indonesia (www.detik.com, 31/08/2016), but as a country who has tropical climate, Indonesia has a potential risk to be infected by Zika virus.
What is Zika virus? It is a virus infection that is transmitted by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, and identical to that of a Dengue. Zika may cause viral fever, with skin rashes, body aches and headache. However, the danger is, most people whom are infected do not develop symptoms. The virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. These Aedes mosquitoes get infected when it feeds a blood meal from a Zika-infected person, who in turn transmits the virus to people they bite on.
What can you do to minimise placing yourself at risks in contracting the disease?
Seek medical treatment if you are unwell or approach for medical advice if you are unsure if your symptoms are Zika positive. Some symptoms to look out for include:
Stay vigilant and observe any potential risks by inspecting your environment on any presence of breeding mosquitoes diligently. Engage a specialist to help you inspect for assurance and trustworthiness. An enhanced mosquito protection program is available to protect your family and workers.
Zika virus has raised attention and global concern in 2016. World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease as a international public health emergency in February last year. In the same year, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia also issued a travel advisory for Indonesian citizens who travels to Singapore. Entry port in Batam is also a subject from screening by government to find the Zika carrier who had arrived from Singapore.
This year, WHO announced a reduced in number of Zika cases in South America, however WHO urged the public to remain vigilant. Zika virus has affected more than 60 countries and largely in South America. Therefore caution should not be lowered, although recent reports citing a subside in new infections during 2017.
With the declining intensity of these Zika case, this does not mean that we become complacent and reduce the level of awareness of Zika and Dengue. According to the study, Zika virus is closely related to dengue because the mosquitoes that spread and carry this disease is the same, Aedes Aegypti. Therefore, the prevention for Zika virus are not much different from Dengue. It is more important is to prevent the spread of diseases and reduce the population by removing any visible breeding sites and eliminating adult mosquitoes.
With the monsoon season ending in first quarter, climate changes will influence the population of these mosquitoes. Weather, also plays an influencing role towards mosquito infestation. A higher temperature introduces more mosquito feeding (as warmer weather makes mosquitoes hungry more easily), and a faster virus replication (warmer air incubates virus faster), and hence able to cause an earlier or quicker disease transmission. A warmer temperature would also mean a larger mosquito population.
You can also learn how to protect yourself from getting bitten with following safe steps:
Some home residents might find a hassle installing and pulling netting, hence there are indoor mosquitoes trap available to help trap the adult mosquitoes while family can rest well without being bitten at home.
Ask our experts for help. Rentokil as a service company in the pest control industry has an integrated program such as Mosquito Management Program to take care of your adult mosquitoes and breeding larvae internally and externally. Call us at the toll free number 150808 or email at [email protected]
Zika virus outbreak in Indonesia
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