While zika has been plaguing most of the caribbean nations for the last year, the Bahamas has been zika free. That is no more.
Dr. Gomez, Bahamas Minister of Health has confirmed the country's first case of the Zika virus.
Dr Gomez said the country’s first case of Zika was reported in a Bahamian man who recently travelled to Jamaica. Dr Gomez said the man’s symptoms included rash, fever, joint pains, and headache for which he sought medical care at a private medical facility.
The Government is obviously taking this very seriously, because they have been fogging every evening since the Zika case was discovered. For example I have heard the fogging truck pass my house twice just this evening as I'm sitting in my front room watching the olympics.
So I'm very confident in the protection that we have in place to fight this Mosquito born virus, which has kept us safe from Dengue Fever and Chikungunya in previous years.
Nonetheless, we can't take this for granted. We must take the necessary precautions to prevent contacting the virus.
Prep Your Home & Yard To Prevent Zika Mosquito Breeding
The Aedes mosquitos feed during the day and fly into houses for shade—living and reproducing very close to people.
Just one tablespoon of water can serve as a mosquito breeding ground and produce up to 300 mosquitoes. The insects can breed in the bottom of a glass in the bathroom (like one you use to brush your teeth with) or in a film of water next to the sink.
- Look around your home and eliminate standing water, including in flower pots, bottles, and accumulating garbage.
- Walk around your yard and do the same thing. Check old tires and any other location where water settles and goes stagnant
- Check windows and screens to ensure they won't let in mosquitos. repair any holes you find.
- Spray out your home in places where mosquitos hide like under sinks, in closets, under furniture and in the laundry room
Avoid getting bitten by Zika mosquitos
The best way to avoid getting Zika is to avoid getting bitten by the mosquios that carry the virus. These mosquitos are most aggressive in the day (but also bite at night), like to come inside our homes and are weirdly attracted to our feet (I kid you not) and ankles where they are more likely to bite.
:Follow the below tips to minimize your risk of getting bitten by this mosquito
Cover Up – yeah, I know its hot, but find a way to wear long sleves and long pants with socks, especially if you're a pregnant female.
Use Mosquito Repellent – Not just any repellant, it has to be EPA approved. Look for active incredients such as; Deet, Picaridn, also known as KBR3023, Bay repel, icaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus(OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD) or IR3535
The higher the percentage of active ingedient provides longer protection. always follow the product label instructions and Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothes.
Treat Clothers and gear – Permethrin is a chemical used to treat clothes to make them insect repellent. You can buy it in a spray or buy clothes pre-treated. I don't think we have to go this far, except if you're pregnant. If you are expecting, no precaution is too much the risks are just to great.
Use Mosquito Netting – Ok, we've only had one case so far, probably no need to go this far. But if we start seeing a large number of people getting infected I'd definitly consider putting up a mosquito net. Especially, for expecting mothers.
I have every confidence that the ministry of health is taking this zika threat seriously like we've done with other mosquito borne virus' in the past, but we all have to take percautions to ensure that this virus does not become a major problem in The Bahamas.
How do you feel about the Zika Virus? How concerned are you? Let me know if the comments.
~ Talk Bahamas