[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded funding to California to help control Zika carrying Aedes mosquito in the state.
Last week, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors agreed to apply to the state’s Department of Public Health for mosquito control products and pesticide application equipment valued at $25,417 to help control the spread of the mosquito in the county.
The State notified affected counties of the availability of resources in late July and provided instructions for requesting mosquito control products and pesticide application equipment. The application was due on August 10th; however, San Bernardino’s Environmental Health Services Department requested and received an extension from the state to August 31st[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/A1_SiG0yEUw”][vc_column_text]The Zika Virus can be spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting several days to a week after being bitten. Rarely does the virus result in hospitalization or death.
In July, however, scientists for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that enough evidence had accumulated to conclude that a Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.
Control of Aedes mosquitoes is critical to reduce the risk of local Zika virus transmission and minimize the extent and duration of an outbreak should local transmission occur.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”65755″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Prior to 2015, the Zika virus occurred only in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. However, in May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infections in Brazil. Since then the Zika virus has been identified in several countries throughout South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Florida.
The county’s Department of Public Health confirmed five cases of travel-associated Zika within San Bernardino as of July 15—all were associated with international travel.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]