What is Louisiana’s risk for the Zika virus?

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The yellow fever and tiger mosquitoes are pretty common in Louisiana. These bloodsuckers can carry diseases, including chikungunya, dengue and the zika virus. 
 
“We don’t have too many yellow fever mosquitoes here. They have some in New Orleans, but we do have lots of the Asian tiger mosquitoes. So, that’s a big nuisance mosquitoes in the warmer months,” Randy Vaeth, the assistant director of the East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control. 
 
Vaeth said they have not found any cases of the virus, but it could happen in the next couple of months. 
 
“We have a plan in place. We routinely control that species in the summer. It’s one of the biggest nuisance biters we have, right around people’s homes,” Vaeth said. “It’s the one we’re always telling people, please empty your containers because it’s the one that’s breeding right around your house in tiny containers, like pet food dishes and bird baths.”
 
Health experts say pregnant women and people with weaker immune systems, including the elderly, are more at risk, but what about adults?
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here is what we know: 
 
  • One in five people exposed to the virus could get sick from it.
  • Most people who get it, don’t see any symptoms. 
  • If you do get symptoms, they’re mild, and can include fever, rashes, joint pain, and even pink eye. 
  • In general, the illness usually last for about a week. 
 
As always, some ways to protect yourself is to wear long sleeves and pants, if you can, and get some repellant. 
 
For more information, just head to the link below: 
 
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
 

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